Sunday, delivering the latest blow to an embattled governor who stands on the brink
of impeachment amid a wide-ranging sexual harassment scandal.
Melissa DeRosa, a longtime Cuomo aide who held the high-ranking title of secretary
to the governor since 2017, issued a public statement around 9:30 p.m. Sunday
confirming she was stepping down.
The statement did not give a reason for her resignation, nor did it mention Cuomo
by name.”It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve the people of New York
for the past 10 years,” she said. “New Yorkers’ resilience, strength, and optimism
through the most difficult times has inspired me every day.”
Her statement continued: “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’s resignation comes as Cuomo is attempting to ward off calls for his ouster
following the release of a 165-page report from Attorney General Letitia James’
office that concluded he sexually harassed 11 women, including nine state
employees. Until her departure, DeRosa, 38, had been one of the few remaining
Cuomo loyalists to remain as part of his inner circle.