Late on Sunday night, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D-NY) most senior aide Melissa DeRosa announced her resignation less than a week after the independent investigation report found that Cuomo has sexually harassed 11 women.
DeRosa, secretary to the governor, sent a statement to news organizations, which said, “It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve the people of New York for the past ten years. New Yorkers’ resilience, strength, and optimism through the most difficult times has inspired me every day.”
“Personally, the past two years have been emotionally and mentally trying. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such talented and committed colleagues on behalf of our state,” DeRosa continued; she did not offer a specific reason for her resignation.
DeRosa, 38, held the highest-ranking appointed position in New York; her resignation comes as Cuomo fights the widespread calls for his impeachment.
As reported by Breitbart News, many Democrats, including President Biden, have urged him to leave the office or face an impeachment battle.
If he refused to resign, already roughly two-thirds of the members of the state Assembly have indicated they favor an impeachment trial. Almost all of the 63 members of the state Senate have called for him to step down or be removed.
The Assembly committee is scheduled to meet on Monday to discuss the possibility of impeachment proceedings. Additionally, CBS This Morning has the first TV interview with Brittany Commisso, who is referred to as executive assistant 1; she accused Cuomo of groping her breast.
Andrew Cuomo has denied all allegations; last week, he said, “never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances.”
DeRosa has defended Cuomo as he faced public criticism; she joined the administration in 2013.
She got the title “secretary to the governor” in 2017 and was probably the most recognizable face in the administration after Cuomo.
The New York Post reports DeRosa is the daughter-in-law of Audrey Strauss, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District.
In most of Cuomo’s new briefings, she was at his side fielding policy questions from reporters when he was unable to answer their questions.