Gov. Cuomo’s top aide Melissa DeRosa resigns

Monday - 09/08/2021 09:15
In this Jan. 18, 2017 file photo, New York Gov. Cuomo, accompanied by his chief of staff Melissa DeRosa, walks to talk with members of the media after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
In this Jan. 18, 2017 file photo, New York Gov. Cuomo, accompanied by his chief of staff Melissa DeRosa, walks to talk with members of the media after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
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.

ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo’s top aide 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.

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