On the heels of a seventh woman formally accusing Cuomo of sexual harassment in a professional situation, more women, this time from the Albany press corps are now coming forward with their own stories.
There is a growing consensus among female members and ex-members of Albany's press corps that the environment in the Cuomo administration has been a toxic one, full of misogyny.
According to The Daily Beast, several of these female reporters have now given corroborating statements:
"I started blushing and looking around at the people surrounding me, whose own facial expressions indicated, 'Yes, ma'am, he’s looking at you,'" said reporter Valerie Bauman about an incident that happened in 2007, when she was 25 years old.
Other voices chimed in with Bauman's repeating the same points again and again:
"My brain is spinning, thinking about sexual harassment in Albany in general. My experience couldn't have been that unusual. Not a question of whether it would happen—it was as pervasive as air—but rather what degree of it you could comfortably withstand and still do your job."
The above tweet was responded to with the following:
"I've spent hours, days, months, years, commiserating with other women reporters, legislative staff, lobbyists, etc., about the harmful culture of sexual harassment at the New York State Capitol. It's not just in Albany, but it's worse in Albany than anywhere else I've worked."
A Cuomo spokesperson simply responded with "We respect all member of the press, period."
Another reporter who is currently still working in the Albany press corps, and for that reason wishes to remain anonymous, said:
"It was always clear that you were also a female, or a woman, and that that carried with it a different set of expectations"
"You could be as brilliant as all get-out, but if your appearance wasn't up to snuff or you didn't meet someone else's standard for being, like, a Barbie doll or something, then that could cut down your credibility in this way that wasn't true for men."
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