How Cuomo’s former top aide Melissa DeRosa celebrated her birthday weeks before announced divorce

Disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top aide Melissa DeRosa posted a single selfie to ring in her thirty ninth birthday weeks before she announced her divorce and months after quitting her publish within the Cuomo administration after defending his scandals. 

DeRosa – who was dubbed a ‘imply woman’ by Cuomo – confirmed her break up from her husband earlier this week after a attempting year during which she tried to defend the ousted three-term governor from sexual harassment allegations. 

Always by her boss’ facet, DeRosa’s closeness to her 63-year-old boss was obvious in pictures obtained by that confirmed the couple seated in a sales space at Manhattan’s Knickerbocker Bar & Grill on September 8, 2016.

Photos taken in September 2016 confirmed Cuomo, 63, getting cozy together with his closest aide DeRosa whereas at dinner Knickerbocker Bar and Grill in decrease Manhattan

Her marriage to Uber government Matthew Wing has fallen aside simply 5 years later. 

But the estranged couple seem to have been dwelling separate lives main as much as the announcement. Last month, DeRosa rang in her birthday with an attractive selfie posted from her sister’s home in Cape Cod, sources instructed the New York Post.      

She posted a collection of pictures with one captioned ‘Ok 39, let’s do that.’

The different pictures from the coastal dwelling present Cuomo’s former secretary spending some presumably much-needed time with household, together with her sister Jessica Davos and two nieces.

The photos of her within the sunshine and of Cape Cod’s calm waters and rocky shorelines present a way of life that seems to be a methods away from the scandal that surrounded the Cuomo administration.  

DeRosa stated she and Wing are planning to get a divorce, although they’ve but to start out the submitting in New York state. 

The information comes on the identical time the couple put their $2.59million Brooklyn Heights dwelling up on the market after dwelling aside for a year following what she referred to as an ’emotionally and mentally attempting’ two years.

DeRosa rang in her birthday with an attractive selfie she posted to Twitter from Cape Cod captioned: ‘Ok 39, let’s do that’  a month after resigning from her position as former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s secretary and a month before asserting her divorce from her husband of 5 years 

DeRosa served as Secretary to the Governor of the State of New York – probably the most highly effective appointed official within the state. She was by Cuomo’s facet at just about all his day by day press conferences on the Covid-19 pandemic that captured the nation’s consideration

Former NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former aide and fiercest defender Melissa DeRosa has confirmed her break up from her Uber government husband Matthew Wing (pictured collectively left and proper) after 5 years of marriage because the pair’s swanky NYC house hits the market for $2.59million 

DeRosa ‘has been staying at her sister’s home in Cape Cod’ since resigning from her position in August. A collection of pictures she posted from the coastal dwelling present the former secretary spending some presumably much-needed time with household, together with her sister Jessica Davos (left) and two nieces (proper)

DeRosa has reportedly been seeking to transfer again to Manhattan after a ‘by no means ending summer season’ in Cape Cod and has her eye on the Greenwich Village neighborhood

Yet because the summer season involves an finish DeRosa has reportedly been seeking to transfer again to Manhattan and has her eye on New York’s Greenwich Village after an eventful previous few years.

The pair met in 2013 whereas working in Cuomo’s communications office. She rose to develop into Cuomo’s most trusted aide and was a fixture at his Emmy-winning day by day Covid-19 press briefings.

But behind the scenes, she labored to to restrict the harm of sexual harassment allegations by 11 ladies in opposition to the three-term governor, based on a report revealed by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

In efforts to diffuse one other scandal, she later admitted Cuomo’s administration had downplayed the variety of nursing dwelling Covid deaths.  

Despite the pictures of the pair cozied up at dinner and the extreme pressures of scandal, DeRosa and her soon-to-be ex-husband are blaming Covid for the breakdown of their marriage, the Post reported. 

‘They merely grew aside, and so they have been dwelling aside for a year,’ a pal instructed the Post. 

‘Their marriage broke down over time, and it was exacerbated throughout Covid, once they wound up in separate locations. … Melissa frolicked in Albany, and Matt works for Uber and spent a while in San Francisco,’ the supply added. 

On August 8 – lower than per week after James’s damning report – DeRosa resigned from her $200,000-plus-a-year publish as Cuomo’s strongest aide, saying ‘the previous two years have been emotionally and mentally attempting’. 

A day later she made a hush-hush, dressed-down go to to the New York Governor’s mansion within the hours between her resignation and his. Cuomo’s office director Stephanie Benton picked DeRosa up from her dad and mom’ dwelling and drove her to the mansion, the place she stayed for 4 hours.

Sources stated DeRosa stop as a result of she realized the governor – who had beforehand steadfastly refused to resign – had no future within the job following the intercourse pest scandal. She was reportedly not prepared to face up for him in public.

‘It has been the best honor of my life to serve the individuals of New York for the previous 10 years,’ DeRosa stated in an announcement. 

‘New Yorkers’ resilience, power and optimism via probably the most troublesome instances has impressed me day by day… I’m eternally grateful for the chance to have labored with such gifted and dedicated colleagues,’ she added.

Tellingly, DeRosa’s assertion didn’t make a single reference to Cuomo in her resignation assertion.

Following their break up the pair has put their three-bedroom, two-bathroom Brooklyn Heights duplex on the market for $2.59million

The couple bought the Brooklyn Heights dwelling for $2.2million shortly after marrying in 2016

‘The Brooklyn home was usually empty. But they continue to be pals,’ a supply stated of the pair’s Brooklyn dwelling, which is now up for grabs

DeRosa and her husband reportedly didn’t spend any time of their Brooklyn duplex (pictured)

Despite the extreme pressures of scandal, DeRosa and her soon-to-be ex-husband are blaming Covid for the breakdown of their marriage however stated in a joint assertion: ‘Despite the truth that this chapter in our lives is ending, we’re and all the time can be very shut pals’

Cuomo resigned in New York City two weeks later and DeRosa, in her last act of loyalty, was seen leaving with Cuomo and his two daughters.

Months later DeRosa and Wing confirmed rumors of their divorce in a joint assertion that learn: ‘Despite the truth that this chapter in our lives is ending, we’re and all the time can be very shut pals.’

Following their break up the pair has put their three-bedroom, two-bathroom Brooklyn Heights duplex on the market for $2.59million, which they bought for $2.2million shortly after marrying in 2016, the Post reported. 

‘The Brooklyn home was usually empty. But they continue to be pals,’ a supply instructed the Post. 

The couple started discussing divorce within the late spring after ‘they determined that the wedding had run its course,’ and so they labored out an settlement over the summer season. There are at present no on-line courtroom information indicating a divorce submitting in New York state, the Post reported. 

In the meantime the couple continues to be dwelling aside and DeRosa seems to be spending plenty of time with household whereas cooped up at her sister’s Cape Cod dwelling. It’s unclear the place Wing has been dwelling or if he’s nonetheless in California. 

Yet the couple has been certain to lawyer up. DeRosa is being represented by famed lawyer Robert S Cohen – who has represented Melinda Gates – and Wing is being represented by lawyer Sheila Riesel – who has appeared before the US Supreme Court 3 times, the Post reported. noticed a dressed down Melissa DeRosa visiting the Governor’s mansion lower than 24 hours after she stop as Cuomo’s top aide 

A day after DeRosa’s resignation Cuomo was joined by two of his daughters Michaela, 23, and Mariah, 26 (heart), and  DeRosa (far left)

The information of the divorce comes after DeRosa’s former boss resigned from office in August following revelations about his alleged sexual harassment and criticism about the way in which he insisted – within the early months of the pandemic – that Covid-positive nursing dwelling residents have to be allowed to return to the properties as soon as they’d recovered. 

DeRosa admits to protecting up Cuomo’s darkest Covid secrets and techniques

In a outstanding confession made throughout a convention name with New York state Democrats, DeRosa admitted that the Cuomo administration his damning details about deaths amongst nursing dwelling sufferers, amid fears that it might be used in opposition to them in an investigation.

DeRosa revealed that officers ‘froze’ in August when former President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice (DOJ) requested for the info, before rebuffing the request.

Cuomo’s top aide instructed lawmakers: ‘We have been in a position the place we weren’t certain if what we have been going to provide to the Department of Justice, or what we give to you guys, what we begin saying, was going for use in opposition to us whereas we weren’t certain if there was going to be an investigation.’ 

The knowledge remained secret for months till January, when New York Attorney General Letitia James’s office revealed a bombshell report saying that the state had undercounted the variety of nursing dwelling deaths by as a lot as 50 %. 

It compelled New York State’s Department of Health to disclose that the true loss of life toll amongst nursing dwelling residents was 12,743, reasonably than the beforehand acknowledged 8,711. New York had solely counted residents who died in nursing properties, leaving out 4,000 residents who have been taken to hospital and died there. 

DeRosa’s stunning admission got here shortly before the Associated Press revealed that greater than 9,000 sufferers have been despatched again to nursing properties – a determine 40 % increased than official knowledge.

Neither Cuomo nor his office have issued an announcement acknowledging DeRosa’s bombshell admission, regardless of calls from native lawmakers for a public apology.

DeRosa stop lower than per week after New York Attorney General Letitia James — like Cuomo, a Democrat — issued a damning 168-page report detailing the governor’s abusive conduct, involving 11 ladies. 

Cuomo has strongly denied that he ever touched anybody inappropriately however he acknowledged hugging and kissing feminine aides and different ladies and has painted James’s report as politically motivated. 

James is more likely to run for governor in 2022.

Meanwhile, DeRosa was uniquely unpopular amongst Cuomo’s shut aides. ‘The solely individual with extra enemies than Andy is Melissa,’ one supply near the governor instructed the New York Post.

Another stated: ‘She is a ruthless, heartless, evil human being who will rip your coronary heart out with the intention to get what she needs.’ 

Earlier this year, when revealed unique footage of Cuomo and DeRosa getting cozy as they dined on the Knickerbocker Bar and Grill in Manhattan, Cuomo was nonetheless dwelling together with his then-girlfriend and celeb chef Sandra Lee.

They confirmed him leaning in near DeRosa after a 3rd member of their social gathering had left.

‘When they sat again down once more, it was completely different physique language,’ stated one witness, describing the time after the third diner had left.

‘Before, it was a really formal business dinner after which rapidly they received a lot nearer, she turned towards him and her legs have been very near his beneath the desk.

‘He was fairly brazen about it. It was all in public view in a restaurant,’ a second witness stated.

At the time DeRosa angrily denied she had something greater than an expert relationship with Cuomo.

‘There have been misogynistic rumors in Albany and in authorities for years however I by no means thought I’d have to reply to them within the press,’ she stated in an announcement.

‘The Governor and I’ve by no means had an intimate relationship. The Governor and I’ve been shut pals and colleagues for over ten years – we have had numerous meals collectively and recommendations or innuendo round that’s inappropriate, offensive and mistaken.’  

DeRosa was seen with Cuomo final May (pictured). She reportedly felt he had no path to stay in office after New York General Attorney Letitia James’s damaging report concluded he sexually harassed 11 ladies

‘She’ll rip your coronary heart out’: How DeRosa labored to restrict allegations by Cuomo’s sexual assault accusers

New York General Attorney Letitia James revealed a bombshell report in August detailing how DeRosa labored to discredit a number of of the ladies who accused the former governor of sexual assault.

DeRosa (pictured), the secretary to the governor, fiercely defended Cuomo as 11 ladies accused the former governor of sexual harassment

The doc concluded that Cuomo sexually harassed 11 ladies and DeRosa instantly felt the warmth from the report as she grew to become a goal of criticism. Former colleagues ripped her as a ‘ruthless, heartless, evil human being’. 

In the spring, before James revealed the 168-page doc, DeRosa performed a key function in limiting the harm of the sexual assault allegations.

James revealed that she and different top aides dragged their ft when Charlotte Bennett, a 25-year-old well being coverage adviser, reported Cuomo’s deeply uncomfortable probing of her sexual historical past and former abuse. Instead they need to instantly, beneath state regulation, have handed Bennett’s complaints to the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations.

After Bennett got here ahead with her allegations, the Executive Chamber instituted ‘adjustments in staffing’ in order that ‘they’d keep away from conditions the place the Governor may be seen as being in a compromising state of affairs with any girl’. 

The former Executive Chamber stated of DeRosa:  ‘She does not have time for niceties (and) will rip your coronary heart out with the intention to get what she needs.’ 

DeRosa was reportedly livid with Cuomo for his conduct in the direction of Bennett. While at a site visitors mild DeRosa berated her boss, saying: ‘I can not imagine that this occurred. I can not imagine you place your self in a state of affairs the place you’d be having any model of this dialog,’ before getting out of the stopped automobile.   

Charlotte Bennett (left), a 25-year-old well being coverage adviser, reported Cuomo’s deeply uncomfortable probing of her sexual historical past and former abuse however DeRosa and her crew dragged their ft as a substitute of instantly passing Bennett’s complaints to the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations

In 2020 Lindsey Boylan, a former state financial improvement official, started tweeting allusion to harassment. Yet she wouldn’t make a full, public allegation till March of this year, which is when DeRosa launched Boylan’s personnel report to sure media shops.

DeRosa even admitted that she made the transfer to discredit Boylan when chatting with James’s crew, and stated that she made the choice as a result of Boylan’s tweets concerning the governor – together with that he was ‘one of many greatest abusers of all time’ – grew to become ‘increasingly more escalating,’ the report acknowledged.

Former aide Josh Vlasto instructed the investigators that if DeRosa determined to leak the information it was ‘secure to say’ the transfer ‘was in line with what the Governor needed or had been mentioned with him and he accepted it’.

A present aide – who has since accused Cuomo of groping her – instructed James’s crew she noticed DeRosa’s efforts to discredit Boylan for herself. The report stated DeRosa referred to as the former official ‘loopy’ and accused her of getting a political agenda.

DeRosa additionally performed an element in circulating a proposed op-ed, initially drafted by Cuomo, that contained ‘personal {and professional} assaults’ on Boylan, and later sharing it with present and former Executive Chamber workers.

Lindsey Boylan (pictured) stated Cuomo made inappropriate feedback in the direction of her and bodily touched her on varied elements of her physique and a present aide confirmed to James’s crew that DeRosa labored to discredit Boylan

‘The draft letter or op-ed attacking Ms Boylan – significantly when mixed with the discharge of the confidential inner information to the press – constitutes retaliation,’ the investigators wrote.

Another former worker was requested by DeRosa to name a present employees member – often known as ‘Kaitlin’, who additionally accused Cuomo of harassment – and report the decision, asking if she was working with Boylan or if she ‘had her personal allegations in opposition to the Governor or was speaking to reporters’.

And when a state trooper made allegations in opposition to Cuomo, DeRosa – who served as Cuomo’s Chairwoman of the New York State Council on Women & Girls – tried to bury them and persuade a newspaper editor to not publish them.

When a reporter from The Albany Times-Union referred to as requesting touch upon the state trooper’s allegations, DeRosa yelled on the newspaper’s editor shouting: ‘You guys try to cut back her hiring to being about appears to be like. That’s what males do.’ 

DeRosa’s rise from New York resident to Andrew Cuomo’s ‘imply woman’ and most loyal aide

Before diffusing scandals, intimate dinners and day by day Covid-19 press briefings as NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s appointed secretary, Melissa DeRosa dreamed of a career in public service.

Age 16 she labored as an intern for the political director of the New York State AFL-CIO which, on the time, was making ready for Hillary Clinton’s bid for the Senate, based on the New York Times

‘I bear in mind considering whereas I used to be doing the envelope stuffing and answering the cellphone that sometime I wish to be the one that’s sitting in that room and driving these conversations and mapping out methods, and being part of it in a significant means,’ she stated.

By 22 she graduated from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and have become the publicist for Theory, a New York City-based vogue home. She instructed the Times her one-year stint within the position was her rebellious section.

DeRosa then moved to authorities relations agency Bolton-St Johns, the place she labored as a lobbyist. 

She later acquired her masters diploma from Cornell in public administration and led former President Barack Obama’s nationwide political motion group for New York, based on the Times.   

She additionally served as performing chief of employees to the state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned in 2018 after a number of ladies accused him of sexual violence. DeRosa has claimed she knew nothing concerning the allegations that compelled him out of office.

In 2013 DeRosa joined the New York state administration in as communications director. The identical year she met her Matthew Wing, who additionally labored in Cuomo’s communications office on the time. 

She was promoted to Chief of Staff in 2015 and married Wing the following year, on August 27, 2016. The couple received married on the swanky Sagamore Hotel, which is on an island in upstate Lake George. Cuomo was among the many friends.

Just two years later, by 2017, DeRosa was appointed Secretary to the Governor – the very best appointed position within the state – and have become  the primary girl in historical past to carry the function.

She instantly grew to become Cuomo’s most loyal aide and fiercest defender, sitting simply six ft subsequent to him at each Covid-19 press briefing and taking the warmth as her boss confronted 11 sexual assault allegations.

However in August 2021, before Cuomo’s personal resignation, she stepped down from the position. Her final public assertion was on August 3 – the day the lawyer common’s damning report was launched – when she retweeted Cuomo’s 15-minute response video the place he denies the allegations within the report.

Two weeks later, in her last act of loyalty, she attended Cuomo’s resignation speech, which he broadcasted from New York City. DeRosa was seen leaving with Cuomo and two of his daughters.

DeRosa’s official title is secretary to the governor. Cuomo employed her in 2013 and promoted her to her present position 4 years later. She had beforehand been performing chief of employees for former New York lawyer common Eric Schneiderman — who resigned in 2018 after 4 ladies accused him of bodily assaulting them throughout intercourse


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