New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s secretary Melissa DeRosa resigned on Sunday following the report of a state investigation that noted details of sexual harassment against 11 women.
“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,” DeRosa said in a statement to NY1.
“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,” she added.
Cuomo has continued to deny the claims of the report and has refused to resign.
Many top Democrats have now called for the governor’s resignation, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “Recognizing his love of New York and the respect for the office he holds, I call upon the Governor to resign,” Pelosi said in a statement, according to CNBC.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, both Democrats from New York, issued a joint statement. “No elected official is above the law. The people of New York deserve better leadership in the governor’s office. We continue to believe that the Governor should resign,” according to the CNBC report.
The state is currently discussing plans for impeachment proceedings. However, it is uncertain what next steps will take place in the battle to remove the scandal-ridden governor.
If not, voters may ultimately decide Cuomo’s fate as he moves ahead toward his reelection campaign in 2022.