Cuomo accuser Lindsey Boylan leads impeachment protest against him in NYC while a dueling group rallies to support the embattled governor
- Lindsey Boylan gathered with a group of 100 activists in Washington Square Park in Manhattan on Saturday
- Boylan was the first woman to accuse New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment
- ‘Someone who abuses their power doesn’t just do it to one woman or one community,’ she said
- A group of about 40 came to Cuomo’s defense outside his office on Third Avenue in New York City
Lindsey Boylan, the first woman to accuse New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, led an impeachment protest against him in Manhattan on Saturday while a dueling group rallied to support the embattled governor.
Boylan gathered with a group of 100 activists in Washington Square Park while a group of about 40 came to Cuomo’s defense outside his office on Third Avenue in New York City.
‘Abuse does not confine itself to one person or one area,’ Boylan said, according to the New York Post.
‘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 and every community.’
Lindsey Boylan, center, gathered with a group of 100 activists in Washington Square Park
Boylan called on the New York State Assembly in acting swiftly to impeach Cuomo, WABC-TV reported.
‘We have courageous leaders like majority leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, who we can count on to do the right thing,’ she said.
Boylan, a Democratic candidate running for Manhattan borough president, also slammed State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a longtime ally of the governor, and accused him of leading a ‘sham investigation.’
‘Speaker Hasty on the other hand, wields his power to protect the governor and uphold a system that dismisses and abuses us,’ Boylan said.
‘New Yorkers deserve a transparent and honest impeachment process, not a sham investigation led by people with ties to Governor Cuomo.’
At the pro-Cuomo rally, his supporters held homemade signs reading ‘Cancel Karen Culture Not Cuomo’ and ‘Do Not Resign.’
Karen Gregorski, 73, of Manhattan, defended Cuomo as ‘an emotional guy’ to the New York Post that the allegations of harassment and abuse that have been leveled by Boylan and seven other women.
‘He’s an emotional guy, he’s Italian. He kissed someone or he touched someone’s cheeks? Come on,’ Gregorski said.
‘If he touched my cheeks, I’d give him a kiss.’
Another supporter, Lourdes M. Rojas, posted images from the rally on Twitter and told New Yorkers who love him they ‘should be here,’ addind that the allegations against him ‘do not rise to the level of criminal offenses.’
‘Let me just say this, we all thought Cynthia Nixon was a big competitor for Cuomo and she still lost,’ she tweeted.
‘The fact that the crowd was small doesn’t mean anything. Cuomo’s supporters are diverse and huge in numbers, more than you can ever imagine
She added: ‘Furthermore, you cannot convict anyone based on a conversation that was misinterpreted, although the line of questioning was received to rise to the level of sexual harassment by the accuser, and although he is the Governor, you still cannot convict on free speech, we still live in a democracy.’
‘In most of these cases, it’s a he said, you said. Any prosecutor would prosecute on evidence. There is no evidence,’ she continued.