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Lindsey Boylan Reacts to Light Display on Tower That Read ‘NY Touch’ Instead of ‘NY Tough’



Lindsey Boylan, a former aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and one of several women to accuse the state leader of sexual harassment, reacted Saturday to an Albany light display that read “NY Touch” instead of the slogan “NY Tough.”

“New York, don’t let this become our brand,” Boylan tweeted Saturday, along with an image of the display that appeared to be a jab against Cuomo.

New York, don’t let this become our brand. #nytouch

— Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) April 10, 2021

The messaging was first spotted at 8 p.m. Friday on the side of an Albany skyscraper, the New York Post reported.

The sign, which project’s off the side of the city’s Corning Tower typically reads “NY Tough,” a phrase that the Cuomo administration has adopted throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Just under 30 minutes later, the display was changed back to its original form, the Post reported. It is unclear how the switch took place, but the message appeared to shed light on several ongoing sexual harassment accusations against Cuomo.

Boylan was the first woman to publicly come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against the New York governor last December. After initially speaking out on Twitter, she detailed years of alleged misconduct in a lengthy personal essay published via Medium in February.

“The Governor’s pervasive harassment extended beyond just me. He made unflattering comments about the weight of female colleagues. He ridiculed them about their romantic relationships and significant others. He said the reasons that men get women were ‘money and power,'” Boylan wrote in February.

Her accusations included an unwanted kiss, inappropriate comments, unwanted physical advances.

“It was degrading,” Boylan added, while also recalling ongoing physical advances and controlling behavior that allegedly took place around the same time: “I had complained to friends that the Governor would go out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs. His senior staff began keeping tabs on my whereabouts.”

Since then, over half a dozen women, including other former and current aides, have publicly accused Cuomo of sexual misconduct. Additional allegations include unwanted sexual comments, aggressive groping, unwanted looks, and bullying.

Cuomo has since denied the specific allegations. Instead, he issued a statement in which he acknowledged that some of his words may “have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation.”

“To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that,” he said, adding that, “It was unintentional, and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it and, frankly, I am embarrassed.”

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment by several women over the last three months. Here, Cuomo speaks on stage at the HELP USA 30th Anniversary Event at The Plaza Hotel on March 16, 2017 in New York City.
Monica Schipper/Getty Images

The New York governor is currently under two ongoing investigations into the misconduct allegations, with one led by New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office, and the other spearheaded by the New York State Assembly.

The Assembly has moved forward with an impeachment inquiry, amid bipartisan calls for Cuomo to either step down or be removed from office.

“New Yorkers deserve a transparent and honest impeachment process, not a sham investigation led by people with ties to Governor Cuomo,” Boylan said last month at a rally, reiterating previous remarks urging state lawmakers to promptly impeach the governor.

“When the governor lies about his abuse of power, as he’s doing right now and daily, it’s a betrayal of the public’s trust,” she said at the time. “Abuse does not confine itself to one person or one area. Someone who abuses their power doesn’t just do it to one woman or one community. They do it, on some level, to every person in every community.”

The Liberty Buzz contacted Cuomo’s office for additional comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.



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