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Cuomo’s Top Aide, ‘Right-Hand Woman,’ Resigns From Post

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Melissa DeRosa, the top aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), resigned late Sunday night as pressure continues to mount for Cuomo to step down from office.

DeRosa, 38, joined the Cuomo administration in 2013 as communications director, and over the years, rose to become “the most powerful appointed official in the state,” reports The New York Times. She was also described by the Times as Cuomo’s “right-hand woman,” as she was highly involved in helping to make Cuomo’s political priorities a reality.

“It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve the people of New York for the past 10 years,” she said in a statement. “New Yorkers’ resilience, strength and optimism through the most difficult times has inspired me every day. 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.”

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DeRosa has been a key figure in Cuomo’s office, particularly amidst his recent scandals.

According to the state attorney general’s report, DeRosa was the person who requested the “full file” of accuser Lindsay Boylan after Boylan publicly accused Cuomo of being “one of the biggest abusers of all time.” Later, on December 13, 2020, when Boylan accused Cuomo of sexually harassing her, DeRosa played a role in deciding to release confidential files about Boylan to various media outlets in a purported effort to cast doubt on her credibility.

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