New York Attorney General Letitia James is requesting to launch an independent investigation into sexual harassment claims leveled against Gov. Andrew Andrew by a former aide.
Lindsay Boylan’s allegations against James Cuomo include a kiss on her “lips” and a “prompt appointment of a special prosecutor” requesting a review of “Let’s Play Strip Poker” sent to her by five female Republican state senators A letter taken is “review” while negotiating an aircraft trip, a source said on Thursday.
Kyumo has refused Amazing claims By Boylan in a Medium Post.
Boylen is a former top deputy at the Empire State Development Agency, now running for President of Manhattan Borough.
“We have received the letter and we are reviewing it,” a source in James’s office said on Thursday.
Her office declined further comment.
Senators argue that Cuomo’s influence on state agencies makes it impossible for them to investigate a case against the governor – particularly the Joint Commission on Public Ethics.
“While the Joint Commission on Public Conduct (JCOPE) is just one more extension of the governor’s control and the history of related conflicts in its investigation into the executive branch, we request the immediate appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct this investigation . ” James said the letter signed by the censor. Patricia Ritchie (R-Watertown), Susan Serino (R-Hyde Park), Pamela Hemming (R-Geneva), Daphne Jordan (R-Castell-on-the-Hudson) and Alexis Weeks (R-Patchogue).
In addition to the allegations leveled against Cuomo, the senators urged James to investigate the alleged actions of Cuomo’s staff in the Executive Chamber and other “loyalists” for attempting to “Boylan” and possibly “shut up” other women.
The senators asked James to investigate Boylan’s assertion that “Governor Andrew Cuomo has created a culture within his administration, where the propensity for sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only appropriate, but also expected” . “
“If these allegations are true, then the actions of the governor and his staff are not only grossly unfair – they are likely criminals by nature. At the very least, the seriousness of these allegations clearly warrants an extensive, immediate investigation by an independent prosecutor, ”he said in the letter to James.
A spokesman for the state Senate GOP said lawmakers have not yet received a response to their letter from James, who is asking for an independent inquiry into the governor.
Cuomo’s fellow Democrats are also calling for an independent investigation.
“I believe the survivor,” said state Sen. Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx).
“Village by his former employee. The serious allegations leveled against Cuomo are incredibly disturbing and repulsive. I join them in several calls made for immediate independent investigation. “
Earlier on Thursday, Cuomo consultant Steve Cohen defended Cuomo’s behavior, saying there was no evidence that he had seen that the governor was a rude person.
“He asks for excellence. They need people around them to perform, ”said Cohen, a former federal prosecutor who has known Cuomo for 30 years.
Cohen said that Cuomo can be “blunt” at times and his candle may be considered “cruel” by some.
Cohen said, “I have never seen one in my time … I have never seen, as Ms. Boylan describes.”