A former adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and candidate for Manhattan borough president said working for the governor’s office was the “most toxic team environment” she’d ever experienced.
Lindsey Boylan, who worked for the Cuomo administration from March 2015 to October 2018, described her experience in a series of tweets Saturday and claimed that people are “deathly afraid” of Cuomo.
“Most toxic team environment? Working for @NYGovCuomo,” Boylan wrote in one tweet.
In another, she added, “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.”
“If people weren’t deathly afraid of him, they’d be saying the same thing and you’d already know the stories,” she said.
Before Boylan was appointed as deputy secretary for economic development and special adviser to Cuomo in March 2018, she served as the chief of staff and executive vice president at Empire State Development, the state’s economic development agency.
Boylan charged that she wasn’t the only one who had allegedly been afflicted by the governor.
“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,” she tweeted.
“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. If you’re not one of those handful, your life working for him is endlessly dispiriting,” Boylan wrote.
Boylan suggested that she’s still in therapy for her experiences working for Cuomo’s office.
“I tried to quit three times before it stuck. I’ve worked hard my whole life. Hustled – fake it till you make it style,” she said. “That environment is beyond toxic. I’m still unwrapping it years later in therapy!”
Boylan continued, “And I’m a privileged person. I could opt out and eventually did. I shudder to think what happens to others. It pisses me off so much.”
“Yes I did not sign whatever they told me to sign when I left. Nope!” she said.
Boylan doubled down on her claims Monday.
“I stand by what I said, and what I said speaks to not only my story, but countless others, predominately women I’ve interacted with or heard from over the years,” she told The Post.
Boylan is among Democrats running for Manhattan borough president in the upcoming 2021 election.
This year, she tried to unseat Rep. Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, in the Democratic primary but was defeated.
Cuomo’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The Post on Monday regarding Boylan’s remarks.
Another former aide to Cuomo recently ripped the governor in a November column in The Nation titled “The Collapse of the Cuomosexual” — the moniker adopted by fans of Cuomo.
“The Andrew Cuomo New Yorkers know and mostly tolerate, the snarling attack dog who gaslights fellow Democrats and deploys staff to call his female critics ‘f—-g idiots,’ dropped down to Earth last week. It was a hard landing after a long-distance love affair with a fanbase in a galaxy far, far away,” said Alexis Grenell, a media and political consultant.
Grenell was Cuomo’s deputy director of intergovernmental affairs when he was state attorney general.
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