For decades, the Bear Mountain Compact, an unofficial agreement in which “what happens in Albany stays in Albany,” has fostered a culture of open secrets in New York state government. Once again, the dam has broken upon the backs of brave survivors and now, State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins is boldly calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation.

Over the past couple of weeks, many women have come forward to describe alleged accounts of abuse by Cuomo. As we learned about Lindsey Boylan, Charlotte Bennett, Anna Ruch, Karen Hinton, Ana Liss and a sixth woman who remains anonymous, the parallels to our own experiences of workplace sexual harassment by a powerful elected official have been striking and triggering.

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