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The head of the city’s school safety agents union wants Public Advocate Jumaane Williams to show some proof to back up his claim that his officers frequently abuse students.

In a hearing last week on the transition of school security duties from the NYPD to the Department of Education, Williams charged that “many students report verbal, physical, and sexual abuse that have been committed at the hands of school safety agents.”

Williams also said students have limited opportunities to report misconduct and that the NYPD and Department of Education don’t provide adequate data on the issue.

Safety agent union chief Greg Floyd, who opposes handing school safety responsibilities to the DOE, penned a letter to Williams Tuesday and called for him to provide support for his abuse claims.

In the letter, Floyd contends that they have become a “political punching bag” for “a whole host of problems in our educational system” and that he was “disturbed” by the public advocate’s statements about abuse.

“At the hearing, you offered no additional information about such alleged incidents,” he wrote.

Floyd said he expected that Williams “would have investigated those incidents and referred any actionable evidence of those incidents to law enforcement authorities.”

He asked him to produce any reports of misconduct.

“If you have any additional information about claimed incidents of school safety agents committing ‘verbal, physical, and sexual abuse,’ I welcome full investigations of those incidents,” Floyd said.

School safety agents are 90 percent African-American and Hispanic and 70 percent women.

The union chief opposes handing security control back to the DOE or removing agents from city schools, arguing that doing so would lead to a steep decline in security.

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At last week’s hearing, City Councilman Daneek Miller asserted that agents often come from the communities they serve and are seen less as hostile officers than sources of stability.

Backers of the plan to remove them from schools or change their command structure say they foster a criminalized atmosphere and that more money should go to social workers and counselors.

While he backed an entirely new school security structure, Williams said last week that not all agents can be “painted with this same brush” and that they should be provided with other forms of employment if removed from schools.

Williams and other city officials support a “restorative justice” model for school safety that focuses on social and emotional support.

His reps did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the letter.

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Lindsey Boylan speaks out after coming forward with sexual harassment claim against Andrew Cuomo

Lindsey Boylan is speaking out about how her life has changed since coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment against her former boss, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

In an interview published in Harper's Bazaar magazine, Boylan spoke about a young woman who approached her after she went public about the "toxic work environment" in the Cuomo administration. The woman told Boylan that her experience was "similar to my own," Boylan recalled.

"It really broke my heart, because she's younger than I am and I couldn't protect her," Boylan said. "I had more sympathy for myself after I heard this young woman's story. It helped me process my own experience. That was incredibly important for me, because a big aspect of my sense of success in the world is trying to not let anything affect me. Trying to be perfect. Trying to marshal forward, never cry, never feeling it."

Boylan said she began tweeting about her experience after hearing Cuomo's name floated as a possible attorney general under President Biden. 

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"My husband said, 'Why didn't you tell me you were going to tweet this?' I think part of me was unwilling to do that, because I knew that someone would talk me out of it," Boylan said. "I felt like I had to do it. But those first tweets were not planned at all."

Boylan said she was also inspired to come forward after watching an interview of recently deceased actress Cicely Tyson, in which she tearfully shared her own experience of sexual harassment more than 50 years after it occurred. 

"I always thought that if I was ever going to tell my story, it was going to be many, many years from now. But the Tyson interview really resonated with me. It shows you how much abuse affects people," Boylan said. 

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The former deputy secretary for economic development and a special adviser to Cuomo, alleged in a damning essay last week that the governor made inappropriate comments, repeatedly touched her, and forcibly kissed her lips during a one-on-one briefing. Cuomo has denied her claims. 

Boylan said coming forward with her claims "felt like I had intentionally blown up my own body into pieces all over the world" but she felt compelled to tell her own story instead of allowing the media to do so. 

Earlier this week, Anna Ruch told The New York Times Cuomo had made inappropriate advances toward her at a 2019 wedding reception. Boylan said Ruch's account made her "feel nauseous" and she felt a "tremendous amount of love for her."

Boylan said she had never interacted with Ruch, she had done so with the governor's third accuser, Charlotte Bennett -- a former Cuomo aide like Boylan. 

Lindsey Boylan, pictured in 2019. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Women's Forum of New York) (Getty Images)

"I just want the abuse to stop. I'm really not focused on punishment. I'm focused on accountability," Boylan said. "And I think we're seeing somewhat the way the governor (and his administration) operates, the way that they are, and it's being seen in real time. And I think that's really unfortunate, but probably necessary."

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She closed by recalling what a good friend had told her: "You know, Lindsey, your life didn't change when you spoke out. Your life changed when these things happened to you."

"I just thought that was so profound. It helped me feel a little free," Boylan said. "It is a very difficult experience, coming forward. And, at the same time, we need to have people feel more comfortable to do it. And the only way that's going to happen is if more and more people do it. I can't fix what happened, but I am not going to let that be the story. I'm certainly not going to let that be the story for my daughter. I think we really do have to do a lot of work to demystify who commits abuse of power, who is abused, what that looks like. And that's not a day training. That's a deep part of the work that we have to do."

Joseph A. Wulfsohn is a media reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @JosephWulfsohn.

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