One of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former aides who has since come out to accuse him of sexual harassment has said that the governor’s spokesman placed a phone call to her during her honeymoon to do damage control when the #MeToo scandal started.
Ana Liss who formerly worked for Cuomo for two years between 2013 and 2015 as a policy and operations aide, accused the governor of making unwanted advances toward her, touching her back, and then kissing her hand among other things. Liss recently told Rochester TV station WROC she was on her honeymoon back in December when Rich Azzopardi, a Cuomo spokesman, out of the blue called her. This was only two days after Lindsey Boylan, who served as Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Special Advisor for the Cuomo administration from march 2015 through October 2018, went public to accuse the governor of sexual harassment.
“I thought at first that it was about work like maybe it’s an economic development project that we’re working on here,” said Liss, who now works as the director of planning and development for Monroe County. “And he said instead, ‘I have kind of an awkward question to ask you. Has Lindsey Boylan reached out to you, have you spoken to her?’”
Liss continued, “And I said, ‘No,’ and then we hung up, and I remember thinking, ‘How many other people is he calling? Why is he calling us?’” She worked as an aide for Cuomo for two years when she left back in 2015.
Boylan last month provided more details about what happened, saying Cuomo unexpectedly and without consent kissed her on the lips back in 2018 at his Manhattan office and according to the New York Post said to her “Let’s play strip poker” during a flight on his official state jet the year prior.
To date, now there are five other women, including Liss, who have spoken out and accused Cuomo of sexual harassment or inappropriate misconduct.
The New York governor has denied the allegations, and he gave a non-apology apology for behavior blaming the women by saying his actions were not perceived as he’d intended.
When asked about resigning after all the women came out against him Cuomo responded:
“I was elected by the people of the state. I’m not going to resign because of allegations,” the embattled governor said during a conference call. “There is no way I resign.”
Do you remember when Andrew Cuomo called for Brett Kavanaugh to take a polygraph test? Because I do. But when he’s the target of allegations there is no way he will resign. It must be great to be a Democrat.
According to WROC, Liss said after she read Boylan’s tweets about Cuomo’s misconduct she first thought, “Wow, that’s dangerous, good luck to you, I would never open my mouth, they’re going to crush you like a bug.”
She added that after “this really started to blow up I thought, ‘You know, maybe it isn’t as dangerous as I thought for Lindsey to speak out.’”
Liss revealed that when Boylan gave out more details last month of Cuomo’s behavior, “She called me and said she was calling me because she saw me in the workplace and she knew I may have similar stories to share.”
Liss said other women were allegedly “subject to much more explicit treatment than I was” by the governor who said publicly that he never inappropriately touched anyone which I supposed would not include kissing Boylan on the lips without her consent.
“I decided to share my story because it’s a small piece of a much larger and more elaborate puzzle that I think New Yorkers should be aware of,” Liss said. “I don’t think Albany or state government, working in the Executive Chamber, is a safe space for young women early in their careers.” Especially when there’s a 63-year-old horny old man who acts like a bully sitting in the governor’s office.
Azzopardi had the gall to tell Liss that he was calling just to give her a heads up that Boylan and others may be reaching out. If we were to read between the lines here wouldn’t this mean that Azzopardi and Cuomo knew that there would be others?
“After Ms. Boylan’s tweets in December, she, and her lawyers and members of the press began reaching out to former members of the Chamber, many of whom never worked with her,” he said. “Those former members of the Chamber called to let various staff people know and convey that they were upset by the outreach. As a result, we proactively reached out to some former colleagues to check in and make sure they had a heads up.”
Yeah, he was just being kind by reaching out to former women aides to the governor who may be contacted about their own sexual harassment claims against the governor by letting them know that they might receive a pesky phone call just as a courteous heads up. That story stinks on ice.
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Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and runs Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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