Gov. Cuomo’s top aside Melissa DeRosa stepped down Sunday as the governor faces potential criminal charges and calls for his own resignation over sexual harassment allegations.
The defection of DeRosa, who served in the most powerful unelected position in state government, is a major blow to Cuomo as he prepares to likely be impeached by the state Assembly.
In a statement first reported on Twitter, DeRosa said 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,” she added.
DeRosa is mentioned repeatedly in the damning report released last week by Attorney General Letitia James detailing sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo made by 11 women, mostly much younger staffers.
Investigators working for James’ office found DeRosa spearheaded the effort to discredit Lindsey Boylan, the first woman to go public with misconduct claims against the the governor.
Actually, Lindsey Boylan was not the first woman to go public against Mario's son...
Although the relentless coverage of Cuomo's sexual harassment scandal is good, 3 years ago a woman actually tried to warn reporters right to their faces and also Cuomo of sexual harassment and corruption happening in the Albany state house#CuomosGottaGo https://t.co/QIdpqus4gb— This is JQ LLC (@ImpunityCity) August 9, 2021