A state executive accused of fostering a “sexual frat boy culture” was fired Wednesday, a day after a former associate filed a federal sex discrimination complaint against him.
James Kiyonaga was second-in-command at the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities until a state inspector general’s investigation backed a staffer’s complaint.
“OPWDD does not tolerate harassment of any kind,” a spokeswoman for the agency said. “Based on the findings of the Inspector General’s Office, Mr. Kiyonaga has been terminated by our agency.”
Patricia Gunning, a former special prosecutor in the state’s Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs when Kiyonaga was in charge there, said Kiyonaga engaged in a pattern of sexual discrimination, and that she was fired when she complained about the alleged abuse.
Kiyonaga was the subject of similar complaints at other state agencies. He has denied the charges.
“MeToo has finally arrived in New York State government,” Gunning’s lawyer, Ilann Maazel, said.