Top aide to Cuomo resigned amid sexual harassment furor

Top aide to Cuomo resigns amid sexual harassment furor
Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa. Source: AP file photo
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Daily US Times: A top aide of New York governor Andrew Cuomo resigned Sunday in another sign of the Democrat’s increasing isolation and pressure after an investigation overseen by the state’s attorney general concluded the had sexually harassed 11 women.

Melissa DeRosa, who had been one of the governor’s most fierce strategists and defenders, said in a statement that serving the people of New York had been “the greatest honor of my life.”

But she added in the statement, which was sent to multiple news organization, that “Personally, the past two years have been emotionally and mentally trying.”

She did not give a more specific reason why she had resigned.

She said: “I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such talented and committed colleagues on behalf of our state.”

DeRosa’s departure comes as Governor Cuomo is in tremendous pressure after the report came out. He is now facing the threat of criminal investigations and widespread calls for his impeachment. Despite this, Mr Cuomo denies the accusations and is eager to continue his political life.

Many Democratic leaders, including President Joe Biden, have urged him to leave office or face an impeachment battle he probably can’t win.

About two-thirds of state Assembly members have already said they favor an impeachment trial if the governor refuses to resign. Nearly all 63 members of New York’s Senate have called for Cuomo to step down or be removed.

More punishing news for Mr Cuomo is expected Monday, when “CBS This Morning” is scheduled to broadcast the first TV interview from an executive assistant who accused him of groping her breast.

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