DeRosa, a Cuomo advisor, is stepping down. With this, the New York governor loses his closest confidant as he fights for his political survival in the face of allegations of harassment and investigations.
In light of allegations of harassment against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, one of his closest confidants has resigned. Como advisor Melissa de Rosa announced Sunday evening (local time) in a written statement that she will be stepping down from her position. The New York Times writes that the Democratic politician is losing with the departure of the 38-year-old a loyal colleague and an important strategist.
Cuomo is currently fighting for his political survival. The 63-year-old rejects the allegations of several women. About a week ago, an investigative report from Attorney General Letitia James concluded that the governor had sexually harassed former and current employees of state authorities. According to information from the “New York Times”, the report also paints an ugly picture of Derosa. She helped get revenge on one of the women who accused Cuomo.
“It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve New Yorkers for the past ten years,” DeRosa himself wrote in a statement. “For me personally, the past two years have been very stressful emotionally and mentally.” The officer has worked in Cuomo’s government since 2013, according to the New York Times. The governor himself described DeRosa as a close friend, according to the “Wall Street Journal” in his latest book.
The report blames Cuomo for unwanted touches, kisses, hugs and inappropriate comments. In addition, the governor, who has been in office since 2011, has created a “hostile work climate” and a “climate of fear” for women. Several prominent Republican and Democratic politicians are now calling for his resignation, including President Joe Biden. Cuomo is now facing impeachment proceedings.
(APA / DPA)
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