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World - North America Updated: August 09, 2021

Secretary To Governor Of New York Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal

By Bolanle Akinlade
August 09, 2021
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Secretary to the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo has resigned amid a sexual harassment scandal involving her boss.

Melissa DeRosa, secretary to Cuomo, announced her resignation on Sunday, August 8, saying working for the people of New York has been the greatest honor of her life.

Her resignation came after a report released last week claimed Cuomo had sexually harassed 11 women.

Cuomo denies any wrongdoing and has vowed to stay in office, however, with the Democratic party, Senate leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and even president Joe Biden asking him to resign, he is set to face impeachment by the New York House of Representatives.

The report by the state's Attorney General Letitia James found that Cuomo had sexually harassed multiple women and violated state and federal laws. 

Investigators spent five months speaking to nearly 200 people, including his staff members and some of those who made the complaints against him. Tens of thousands of documents, texts, and pictures were reviewed as part of the inquiry.

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His secretary, DeRosa was mentioned in the report 187 times in the 168-page report. She was accused of efforts to cover up the governor's actions and retaliating against one of his accusers.

Her resignation statement on Sunday August 8, did not however address 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 Monday, August 9, the New York State Assembly/s Judiciary Committee is set to meet to address potential impeachment proceedings.

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Bolanle Akinlade

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