Former Cuomo employee describes atmosphere in governor’s office as ‘most toxic team environment’

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been called out by a former employee.

Lindsey Boylan, a former adviser to Cuomo, has described the atmosphere in the governor’s office as the “most toxic team environment,” Fox News reports. “Most toxic team environment? Working for @NYGovCuomo,” Boylan tweeted Saturday.

She continued: “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.”

“Tried to quit”

A self-described “progressive,” Boylan unsuccessfully tried to unseat Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) in this year’s summer primary, and is running for the Manhattan Borough President election in 2021.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Boylan worked for Cuomo’s administration from 2015 to 2018, eventually becoming deputy secretary for economic development and a special adviser to 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. I tried to quit three times before it stuck,” Boylan wrote of her experience.

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!”

“Endlessly dispiriting”

Boyland did not say specifically what was so terrible about working for the governor, but she did suggest he engaged in discrimination.

“Don’t be surprised that it’s the same small group of white people sitting alongside him at every presser,” she wrote in a tweet. “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.”

With any stories like these, the questions that have to be asked are “why now?” and “where are the others?” According to Boylan, others would be saying the “same thing” about Cuomo, but the reason they don’t is that they are “deathly afraid of him.”

Time will tell if Boylan’s willingness to publicly call out Cuomo will inspire some of his other former employees to do the same.

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