A local New York journalist is speaking up about the alleged abuse she faced at the hands of the Cuomo administration as the Democratic governor is struggling to save his political career amid several accusations of sexual harassment.
"'You have a vendetta against him don't you!' That was the last time I allowed someone connected to Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration to harass and manipulate me," former News10 reporter Lindsay Nielsen wrote in a statement on Sunday. "It was during one of the many accusatory and threatening phone calls I received by his staff members that I realized this behavior was never going to stop. It was shortly thereafter that I decided to leave my job at News10."
"The late-night phone calls from the administration, the constant threats to call my boss, the incessant bullying to try to get me to stop doing my job and reporting specific stories... it would never end. The tactics used were deliberate yet evasive. They skimmed the line of inappropriateness ever so delicately as to make you feel like they were acceptable," Nielsen wrote.
She continued, "I am writing this today to make sure that those involved in this behavior back then now know that not only was it not acceptable but that it was damaging. I applaud those who have come forward recently with reports of similar behavior by the same administration."
According to Nielsen's LinkedIn page, she left the Albany-based News10 in 2017 after joining the network back in 2012.
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— Lindsay Nielsen (@Lindsayon10) February 28, 2021
Cuomo is facing several scandals that have plagued his administration. The governor was accused of sexual misconduct by former aides, leading to calls for an independent investigation to look into the alleged misconduct.
The Cuomo administration is also being accused of hiding nursing home death's caused by COVID after the Democrat's controversial policy that forced COVID-positive patients into assisted living facilities during the beginning of the pandemic.