New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, has resigned amidst a sexual harassment scandal surrounding the Governor.
The Secretary to Governor Cuomo announced her resignation on Sunday, saying that serving New York’s people has been “the greatest honor of my life”.
All this comes after a report by the state’s Attorney General Letitia James found that Governor Cuomo had sexually harassed multiple women and violated state and federal law. The report was released last week and showed that 11 women had been victims of this abuse.
Investigators spent almost five months speaking to nearly 200 people, including staff members and others who complained against him. A plethora of pictures, texts, and documents was reviewed as a part of the investigation.
Ms. DeRosa’s attempts to cover up the governor’s actions have been mentioned in the report. Her name has been used around 187 times in the 168-page document.
Her statements addressed her work and emotions throughout this period but did not shed light on the allegations.
“Personally, the past two years have been emotionally and mentally trying. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such talented colleagues on behalf of our state,” she said on Sunday.
President Joe Biden has called for Andrew Cuomo to resign. The governor has vowed to stay in office, but he could be facing impeachment. The New York State Assembly’s Judiciary Committee is set to meet to address potential impeachment proceedings.