New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has come under fire in recent days for allegations of bad behavior despite warm media coverage of his administration.
Former staffer Linsey Boylan came forward with allegations that Cuomo created the “most toxic” work environment she’s ever witnessed and declared that the only reason it’s not common knowledge is that people are “deathly afraid” of Cuomo.
In a series of tweets on Saturday, Boylan explained her experience as an aide to Cuomo.
“I’ve had many jobs. Waitressing at [Friendlys] as a teenager was an infinitely more respectful environment. Even when I had bad customers who tipped poorly,” Boylan explained. “If people weren’t deathly afraid of him, they’d be saying the same thing and you’d already know the stories.”
“Seriously, the messages and texts I receive when I speak the truth about this…it’s a whole book of people who have been harmed … I tried to quit three times before it stuck,” she continued. “I’ve worked hard my whole life. Hustled – fake it till you make it style. That environment is beyond toxic. I’m still unwrapping it years later in therapy!”
Boylan said she didn’t sign a non-disclosure agreement after quitting, and said that Cuomo’s only defenders are “the same group of white people” that stick with him despite his behavior.
“Don’t be surprised that it’s the same small group of white people sitting alongside him at every presser. The same group that he has had by him the whole time, doing his dirty work,” she declared. “If you’re not one of those handful, your life working for him is endlessly dispiriting.”
Boylan’s declarations come just after another former staffer, Alexis Grenell, published a blistering essay with similar accusations about Cuomo’s style of leadership.
Grenell said that despite Cuomo’s polished and warm public image, behind the scenes, he’s a “snarling attack dog who gaslights fellow Democrats and deploys staff to call his female critics “[f——] idiots.”