‘Mean girl’ Melissa DeRosa, the former top aide to disgraced ex-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, had some harsh words for his successor’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic on Friday night in a now-deleted tweet.
DeRosa’s tweet came just hours after Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency to deal with the ominous Omicron strain of COVID-19, and weeks after Hochul was spotted maskless inside a crowded Manhattan sports bar, according to the New York Post.
‘Time to shift with the times – ribbon cuttings and photo ops drinking beers in UES bars maskless won’t get this job done,’ DeRosa, the former secretary to the governor, said in a tweet she quickly deleted.
DeRosa added that the Cuomo administration was correct in centralizing control during the coronavirus pandemic, while chastising Hochul’s efforts to spread that kind of power to municipal governments.
‘Have been back upstate for 3 days and have to say, the lack of mask wearing is deeply disturbing,’ DeRosa said in another tweet Friday evening.
Pictured: Melissa DeRosa, former top aide to disgraced ex- Governor Andrew Cuomo, had some harsh words for Gov. Hochul’s handling of the pandemic Friday in a now-deleted tweet
The tweet came just hours after Governor Kathy Hochul, pictured, declared a state of emergency across the Empire State to deal with the ominous Omicron strain of COVID-19
Pictured: the now-deleted tweet DeRosa made on Friday night directed at current NY Governor Kathy Hochul and her response to the growing threat of the Omicron variant
‘Food for thought Deferring mask mandates to local governments isn’t ’empowering’ it’s abdicating responsibility.’
On Saturday, DeRosa told the Post that she deleted the harsh tweet to avoid ‘distracting’ the current public health concern.
‘(I) communicated my feelings on that in a series of tweets, but thought better of one, which I realized might distract from the actual public health concern and so I deleted it,’ DeRosa said.
‘Waking up to a post holiday emergency meeting of the WHO over a new rapidly mutating variant combined with the total lack of mask wearing in much of the state is triggering for any New Yorker who lived through March and April of 2020,’ DeRosa added.
The former Cuomo secretary’s tweets come amidst rising concerns of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in the face Hochul’s approach to the evolving health crisis.
Cuomo, pictured, himself described his top aide as a ‘mean girl’, according to NY attorney general’s report, detailing a ‘toxic’ work environment created by governor and his advisor
DeRosa came under fire for helping Cuomo manipulate nursing home COVID deaths while having his staff help him on a book he was writing on his response to the pandemic
While no Omicron variant cases have been found yet in the United States, there have been confirmed cases in several other countries, from Israel to Botswana.
The BBC confirmed on Saturday that there were two cases detected in the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, it remains unclear how effective the current vaccines will be at preventing infection from the new strain.
DeRosa was a central figure in Cuomo’s daily press conferences at the outset of the pandemic. She came under fire for helping Cuomo manipulate and misrepresent nursing home COVID-19 deaths while having his staff help him on a book he was writing on his successful response to the pandemic.
Cuomo himself described his top aide as a ‘mean girl’, according to the New York attorney general’s report, which detailed the ‘toxic’ work environment created by the governor and his feared advisor.
DeRosa’s tweets also come weeks after Hochul, pictured, was spotted maskless inside a crowded Manhattan sports bar
Known for her fierce loyalty to her boss, DeRosa, 38, has worked for Cuomo since 2013, and became a familiar face during the pandemic as she sat almost daily at Cuomo’s side.
Letitia James’s report into claims made by 11 women of sexual harassment painted a darker picture of DeRosa’s role, however.
She worked to discredit several of the women, according to James’s report, and was accused in the document of ‘unlawful retaliation’.
DeRosa is accused in the 168-page document as helping to cultivate a ‘toxic’ workplace for young female staffers.
Cuomo, a three-term governor, resigned in disgrace in August after James’s report accused him of sexually harassing several women.