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'The truth matters.' Former Cuomo aide discusses politics to personal matters in revealing News 12 interview

Melissa DeRosa joined News 12's Senior Reporter Tara Rosenblum for a wide-ranging interview that touched on all things politics and personal - including her new memoir, "What's Left Unsaid: My Life at the Center of Power, Politics & Crisis."

Lee Danuff and Tara Rosenblum

Nov 15, 2023, 10:23 PM

Updated 160 days ago

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As secretary to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Melissa DeRosa held the state's most powerful nonelected office during the COVID-19 pandemic.
She ultimately stepped down after Cuomo found himself fighting back against sexual harassment allegations.
DeRosa joined News 12's Senior Reporter Tara Rosenblum for a revealing and emotional hourlong interview that touched on all things politics and personal - including her new memoir, "What's Left Unsaid: My Life at the Center of Power, Politics & Crisis."
"I decided I was going to write this book 24 hours after we were out of office. And there's one simple reason why - because the truth matters," she says. "I feel like the public, particularly the people of the state of New York, given the consequences of the pandemic, given the consequences of a government being overturned, have a right to know from the people who lived it exactly what was going on during those two years."
Tune in Sunday at 11::30 a.m. for more on the interview where DeRosa reveals the following:
  • Details of her resignation
  • The personal toll it took on her, including the downfall of her marriage and struggles with fertility
  • Thoughts on current Gov. Kathy Hochul
  • Thoughts on President Joe Biden
  • Reason why Cuomo didn't run for president
  • Gov. Cuomo's political future
  • Whether she would consider a run for elected office in the future
  • What she would have done differently in March 2020 if she had to do it again
  • What she hopes people will take away from her book


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