The dispute followed the resignation last month of the three-term governor following an investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James. In its aftermath, attention was focused on allies who helped shape Cuomo’s response to the allegations, which included alleged instances of retaliation against at least one accuser.
During her career with the administration, Boylan was chief of staff to the CEO of the ESD before she became Cuomo’s deputy secretary for economic development and special advisor.
Some of the confidential internal memos and documents “created by David and his team for and after a meeting with Boylan” were released by senior Cuomo staff members to reporters following her first allegation of sexual harassment against Cuomo, the report said.
David, according to the report, thought the op-ed was a bad idea. When asked by DeRosa whether he would sign a version of the letter, “David testified that he told Ms. DeRosa that he was not signing the letter but was willing to reach out to others to see if they would sign it,” the report said.
David added that he had the support of too many employees, board members and stakeholders “to walk away quietly into the night.”
‘Significant untruths’ alleged
According to the HRC’s statement late Monday, the board-led investigation led to a vote to terminate David “for cause, effective immediately, for violations of his contract with the Human Rights Campaign.”
The vote was unanimous from the HRC campaign board, while there were two abstentions to the vote within the HRC’s foundation board, according to a source familiar with the investigation. Nobody voted against the termination, the source said.
The organization said David released statements on Sunday and Monday that “included significant untruths about the investigation and his status within the organization.”
An email shared with CNN that the board sent to staff addressed David’s “significant untruths.”
It said that “Alphonso’s public statements and email to HRC’s staff yesterday and today contained a number of false and misleading statements about the investigation and his status within the organization that need correcting. At no time did we — the board chairs — tell him that there was no indication of wrongdoing, nor did we tell him we wanted this handled ‘quietly.’ This decision was made by the full boards of both HRC and HRC Foundation because of Alphonso’s own actions in support of Governor Cuomo. He alone bears responsibility for what he did and the consequences.”
In his response on Twitter, David said that while he sought truth and transparency, the “HRC board co-chairs who should stand for human rights elected to hide in darkness.”
He added they had unjustly provided notice of termination to me “in order to end my fight for the integrity of the review process and for what is right. I asked for the report, they refused. They lied about producing the report. Now that they are being called to task, they tried to shut me up.”