In a shocking new turn of events late Sunday evening, Andrew Cuomo’s long-serving secretary and close aide Melissa DeRosa stepped down from her post amidst the massive storm that has currently engulfed the Governor.
“It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve the people of New York for the past 10 years,” she said in a statement announcing her resignation. “New Yorkers’ resilience, strength, and optimism through the most difficult times has inspired me everyday. Personally, the past 2 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.”
In the investigative report published by AG Letitia James, 11 sexual assault accusations have been reported against the three-term governor, which confirmed Cuomo has engaged in “unwanted groping, kissing, hugging and making inappropriate comments.”
The report also mentions DeRosa, citing how she took an active role in dismissing the accusations from current and former aides against the governor. De Rosa was first hired by Cuomo in 2013 after working for ex-attorney general Eric Schneiderman and as the state director for the advocacy group Organizing For America. She was promoted in 2017 to the secretary to the governor, making her the first woman to hold the powerful position, which officially made her No. 1 on Cuomo’s staff and the highest-ranking non-elected official in the state.