Melissa DeRosa, one of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top aides, resigned after the publication of the report by prosecutor Letitia James who accuses New York’s top authority of having sexually harassed 11 women.
DeRosa, who has not gone unnoticed in the Cuomo administration, decided to resign claiming that the last 2 years have been “emotionally and mentally trying.”
Melissa DeRosa, controversial and stalwart Cuomo aide
Cuomo’s former aide is not only known for being the governor’s “right-hand woman,” but has also been accused of pushing to hide the numbers of deaths of the elderly in nursing homes in the state. DeRosa also came out for having a hand in editing the governor’s book.
“It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve the people of New York for the past 10 years,” Melissa DeRosa said in a statement Sunday night, adding that the past 2 years have been “emotionally and mentally trying.”
Journalist Zack Fink published the statement from DeRosa who so far has not issued official information on the matter on her social networks.
Earlier this week, New York Attorney General Letitia James released a lengthy report accusing Cuomo of sexual misconduct, prompting calls for the governor’s resignation from a number of prominent figures including President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
DeRosa’s departure is significant because she was one of the governor’s most competent and trusted aides; in fact, the New York Times wrote that she supported Cuomo “for years, even as his inner circle shrank in size.”
Host and reporter Annika Pergament questioned on her social networks if DeRosa after resigning will collaborate with the authorities “to save herself,” especially since in the report by NY AG James, she is pointed out as one of the people who covered up Cuomo’s abuses.
In February, DeRosa came under scrutiny for his role in the administration’s underreporting of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes last year. In a private virtual conversation with lawmakers, DeRosa said the administration had not provided them with the requested information months earlier because Cuomo’s team was concerned about a preliminary Justice Department investigation.
Cuomo impeachment nears
If New York Governor Andrew Cuomo does not resign of his own volition, the state Assembly is prepared to impeach and remove him from office.
Under the New York Constitution, impeaching Cuomo would require a simple majority vote of the 150-member State Assembly, which is composed of 106 Democrats, 43 Republicans and one independent.
At least 86 members of the Assembly, representing more than half of the total 150, have publicly said or affirmed to The Associated Press that they would favor taking such a step to remove Cuomo.