For Immediate Release: August 6, 2018
New York, New York - U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley (R, C, Reform) today called on Kirsten Gillibrand, the self-appointed leader of the #MeToo movement, to end her silence on the Cuomo administration’s demotion of two Division of Criminal Justice Service (DCJS) employees and demanded that these women be immediately reinstated to their rightful positions.
“Gillibrand led the charge against Spitzer and Franken, she even said her political godfather Bill Clinton should have resigned, but today she is silent as women are demoted simply for providing testimony,” said Farley.
She added, “Cuomo needs to reinstate these women, both career professionals, to their rightful positions while JCOPE investigation is underway.”
Farley issued these challenges in the wake of a report in the Times Union, detailing how Cuomo’s top counsel, Alfonso David, turned his back as two women employees of the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, were demoted for telling the truth about sexual harassment at the agency. These employees, were demoted after simply providing testimony to the State Inspector General, regarding allegations of sexual harassment at the agency.
Under New York law, state employees are obligated to report abuse or misconduct to the inspector general's office and cannot be subjected to "adverse personnel action," including dismissal or discipline, for doing so.
“This is the worst kind of discrimination and it is unconscionable that Kirsten Gillibrand would look the other way as women are ‘reassigned’ to positions of less authority and less pay. They deserve their jobs back, today!” said Farley.
In 2007, it took only one day for Gillibrand to call for Spitzer’s resignation and last year it took less than a month for her for to call for the resignation of her squash partner and best buddy Al Franken. Yet Gillibrand remains silent about her former boss and political ally Andrew Cuomo months into the scandal at DCJS.
Concluded Farley, “There was a time Kirsten Gillibrand would run to the defense of the women at DCJS, but the fact is she has long ago put her 2020 aspirations ahead of doing the right thing."
Chele Farley is an outsider with over 25 years of experience in the private sector. She is the endorsed Republican, Conservative and Reform Party candidate for U.S. Senate. Farley lives in New York City with her husband Richard and their three sons. For more information about U.S. Senate candidate Chele Farley, please visit www.CheleFarleyforSenate.com.