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Governor Cuomo’s Top Aide Resigns amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

The Andrew Cuomo saga continues, as his top aide, Melissa DeRosa, resigned late Sunday night following calls for the resignation and potential impeachment of the New York Governor. 

A report published by New York attorney general Letitia James revealed that Governor Cuomo had previously sexually harassed 11 women. The state Assembly’s Judiciary Committee is meeting on Monday, according to CNN, to discuss possible steps towards impeachment. 

DeRosa served as the secretary to Governor Andrew Cuomo. In a statement about her exit, she said, “It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve the people of New York for the past 10 years. New Yorkers’ resilience, strength, and optimism through the most difficult times has inspired me every day.” The statement made no mention of Cuomo or the allegations that surround him.

Governor Cuomo has denied the allegations of sexual harassment against him, but the report made it clear that multiple women experienced similar uncomfortable moments. While he has said that he thinks the facts in the report aren’t all accurate, many top Democrats, in and out of New York, have called for the Governor to resign, including, most notably, President Biden. 

DeRosa’s resignation sparks a troubling sign for Cuomo, who has long been one of his most loyal and trusted aides. According to the New York Times, the attorney general’s report stated that DeRosa led efforts to combat one of the women that accused the Governor of inappropriate behavior. 

The New York Times also reports that DeRosa resigned because she felt that the Governor had no chance of staying in office after the allegations, so she decided to step away from the situation. 

Things got worse for Cuomo on Thursday when one of his accusers filed a criminal complaint with the Albany County Sheriff’s Department. Brittany Commisso accused Cuomo of groping her inappropriately, which could lead to a misdemeanor charge against the Governor. Cuomo has gone back at her, saying that she is lying about the accusation.

As Cuomo continues to lose support from Democrats all across the country, DeRosa’s resignation could signal a real sign of concern for the Governor of New York. While he has refused to step down, he could very well be impeached in the near future, and potentially charged with a crime. 

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