Gov. Cuomo’s high aide, Melissa DeRosa, urged administration underlings to simply maintain doing their jobs throughout this “past difficult” time — in a ‘nothing-to-see-here-folks’ message that failed to say both the mounting sexual misconduct allegations or ongoing nursing residence scandal roiling the administration.
DeRosa — whose gorgeous admission that the Cuomo administration hid the true toll of COVID-19 nursing residence fatalities from the general public and officers was uncovered by The New York Submit — thanked her employees Sunday in a staff-wide e mail.
“This previous 12 months has been past difficult,” she wrote, with the nation approaching the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. “There aren’t any phrases for the intense and daunting disaster that our world confronted. However collectively, we navigated a once-in-a-century pandemic to the best possible of our capability with one goal held tight: to ship for the individuals of New York.”
However DeRosa’s soppy be aware is void of any reference to the pair of predicaments plaguing Cuomo and threatening to topple his administration.
The governor is going through sexual harassment and abuse accusations from two former staffers — Lindsey Boylan, who claims Cuomo planted an undesirable kiss on her lips, and Charlotte Bennett, who mentioned interactions left her satisfied that Cuomo “wished to sleep with” her.
The three-term Democrat dismissed the allegations — which have prompted a probe by Legal professional Normal Tish James — as “jokes” that have been misinterpreted as “undesirable flirtation” in an apology Sunday.
In the meantime, a 2016 video has emerged exhibiting Cuomo egging on a feminine journalist to “eat the entire sausage” on the New York State Truthful.
And a former Albany journalist, Lindsay Nielsen, has come ahead saying the “private assaults” she endured by Cuomo’s administration drove her to stop her job.
Cuomo has additionally been beneath fierce hearth for his botching the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic in nursing houses that killed hundreds — and repeatedly downplaying the precise variety of deaths. He’s additionally going through ramped-up calls to resign.
And Cuomo and his aides’ bullying methods behind the scenes have additionally been uncovered within the wake of the nursing residence coverup.
However in her e mail, DeRosa, the secretary to the governor, patted her staff on the again for a job nicely completed.
“Every day, you do your jobs with extraordinary dedication, talent, expertise and relentless ardour to assist New Yorkers navigate this disaster,” she wrote. “Try to be extraordinarily happy with what you’ve gotten achieved.”
“I ask you to maintain doing precisely that,” she continued. “Execute with expertise and limitless energy and imaginative and prescient … Thanks to your public service. Thanks to your continued herculean effort.”
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