Ex-Aide Details Sexual Harassment Claims Against Gov. Cuomo

Lindsey Boylan accused the New York governor of kissing her in his office in 2018. She left her job as a special adviser to him soon after.

ALBANY, N.Y. — A former aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo published a lengthy essay on Wednesday morning accusing the governor of sexual harassment and outlining several unsettling episodes, including an unsolicited kiss in his Manhattan office.

The aide, Lindsey Boylan, described several years of uncomfortable interactions with Mr. Cuomo, a third-term Democrat, including an invitation to play strip poker on a government airplane and an email from another top aide suggesting that the governor thought she was a “better-looking sister” of another woman.

Ms. Boylan, who worked for the state’s economic development agency at the time, published that email from December 2016, and said the government began calling her the other woman’s name in professional settings, an experience she described as “degrading.”

Ms. Boylan, who is running for Manhattan borough president, first publicly accused the governor of sexual harassment in December, in a series of remarks on Twitter. At the time, Ms. Boylan did not speak to the media, offer details of the alleged harassment, or provide corroboration.

On Wednesday, however, Ms. Boylan wrote that she had told her husband and mother of her concerns about the governor. She also offered new details, including describing an incident in 2018 when she said that she and Mr. Cuomo were alone in his Manhattan office.

“As I got up to leave and walk toward an open door, he stepped in front of me and kissed me on the lips,” Ms. Boylan wrote. “I was in shock, but I kept walking.”

When Ms. Boylan first went public in December, the governor vehemently denied the accusations.

“Look, I fought for and I believe a woman has the right to come forward and express her opinion and express issues and concerns that she has,” Mr. Cuomo said during a news conference last year. “But it’s just not true.”

Mr. Cuomo has denied Ms. Boylan’s allegations of sexual harassment, saying in December that the claims were “just not true.”

The denial was repeated on Wednesday, as Caitlin Girouard, the governor’s press secretary said that “Ms. Boylan’s claims of inappropriate behavior are quite simply false.”

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