Cuomo’s top aide resigns, who is next?

What does it mean that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s longtime chief of staff Melissa DeRosa announced her resignation Sunday night?

I believe Cuomo’s staff and perhaps the governor himself are cutting deals to reduce any potential charges being brought against them in the future.

DeRosa, who is often referred to as one of Cuomo’s “mean girls” was the secretary to the governor, making her the highest ranking non-elected official in the state.

“It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve the people of New York for the past 10 years,” DeRosa said. “New Yorkers’ resilience, strength, and optimism through the most difficult times has inspired me everyday. 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 added.

DeRosa’s resignation comes as former Cuomo aide Brittany Commisso, 32, gave an exclusive interview stating she filed a criminal complaint against Cuomo, 63, last week because “it was the right thing to do.”

Commisso filed charges in Albany stating that Cuomo groped her, which could mean the governor may face misdemeanor charges based on her allegations, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said at a news conference over the weekend.

“People don’t understand that this is the governor of the state of New York. There are troopers that are outside of the [Executive] Mansion …Those troopers that are there, they’re not there to protect me. They are there to protect him,” Commisso says during her interview to be aired Monday morning.

Commisso was identified as “Executive Assistant #1” in New York Attorney General Letitia James report last week detailing the accusations that Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women.