Monroe County Cuomo accuser says it was 'Put up. Shut up.' working in governor's office

Updated: March 08, 2021 05:12 PM
Created: March 08, 2021 05:09 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Monday night News10NBC spoke with Ana Liss, a former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo who is now the director of Monroe County's Planning and Development Department.

She opened up about her experience in the governor's office and her allegations of misconduct.

Liss says her current role with the Monroe County government is a huge change from what she says was a brutal environment dealing with the governor day in and day out. She says she wasn't surprised to hear about the growing number of women accusing Gov. Cuomo of being inappropriate with them because that kind of thing was not unusual.

Liss says she is speaking out now against the explicit counsel of her own mother, but she said she is hoping to make things easier for other women who may want to tell their stories.

Liss: "If you speak out against him, they will find every opportunity to take away any at all, to characterize you as a liar, a loser, a nobody. They were talking about personnel files, pulling personnel files when I was there. I didn't even know they were there; to my knowledge, there was no human resources, I was never even given a performance evaluation. So why would they be keeping personnel files?"

Molineaux: "What does that say to you? Keep quiet or else?"

Liss: "Yeah. Yeah. Put up. Shut up. Be a good girl."

The governor has apologized to anyone who may have been offended by his manner.

A spokesman for the governor has already said he has always been an extremely familiar boss to work with both men and women.

Liss says that's true and that's part of the problem. As the number of people speaking out has grown from one to two, to five, Liss says the real number might be closer to 50.

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