We’ve written about this relationship for over a year.
Melissa DeRosa announced her resignation yesterday as assistant to Governor Cuomo.
“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 secretary to the governor said in a statement obtained by CNN.
“Personally, the past 2 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 said in the message, which did not mention Cuomo.
The Daily Mail reported that the meeting noted in the picture above taken a few years ago occurred only 12 days after DeRosa’s marriage to her current husband, Mathew Wing, the former Cuomo spokesperson who now works for Uber in the same capacity. Wing’s mother is the current US Attorney running the Justice Department’s Southern District of New York. As we noted DeRosa is very connected and perhaps the most powerful non-elected person in the state.
But it’s Cuomo’s actions involving DeRosa’s side of the family that are most concerning. We reported in June 2020 that Cuomo’s number one donor was from the elderly home community where Ms. DeRosa’s father and brother are lobbyists. Not only did Cuomo help the donor make millions on COVID-19 but he also provided them immunity from legal ramifications as well.
According to our report in June 2020, the New York’s governor and Department of Health Commissioner and Executive Deputy Commissioner are accountable for thousands of nursing home deaths because of their insane directives related to the China coronavirus. Below is an example.
During this global health emergency, all NHs [nursing homes] must comply with the expedited receipt of residents returning from hospitals to NHs, and No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the NH solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. NHs are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission.
According to the New York Public Committee on Public Ethics, GNYHA paid $60,000 to the MirRam Group in March-April 2020, according to the firm’s report. John Emrick, a lobbyist at the firm previously served as the chief of staff for the Independent Democratic Conference state senate caucus, lobbying the Senate majority leader’s office on “safe staffing” and “medical malpractice”.
Another GNYHA lobby firm, the Bolton-St Johns, gave Cuomo’s campaign $40,000 during his 2018 re-election. That firm employs Giorgio DeRosa, Joseph DeRosa, and Jessica Davos–the father, brother, and sister-law respectively Cuomo’s current secretary and top aid, Melissa DeRosa.
(See more from Yaacov Apelbaum here.)
So it came as no surprise that New York Governor Cuomo’s Assistant, Melissa DeRosa, tweeted her support for the governor when allegations first surfaced of his illicit actions with women:
We were right to laud Cuomo: Don’t let scandals distract from pandemic competence https://t.co/Nlab2aQIql
— Melissa DeRosa (@melissadderosa) March 9, 2021
This was after DeRosa praised the Governor’s accomplishments with women:
DeRosa hasn’t discussed her family’s relationship with Cuomo’s largest donor either. By focusing on the women, the DeRosa family and the elderly home care facilities thought they were in the clear. The Democrats tried to blame the Republicans for ‘making hay’ on Cuomo’s Covid decisions. With the current women’s accusations the Democrats are, hopefully, emboldened to expose his devastating Covid decisions in the last two years.