Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s staff were hit with more resignations on Friday as the beleaguered three-term executive struggles to retain his powerful post amid growing calls for his removal over allegations of sexual harassment and cover-up of deaths in the retirement homes.
The governor’s office confirmed the departures of healthcare data analyst Erin Hammond and one of Cuomo’s planners, Sophie Boldison, in a statement to the Post.
A spokesperson for Cuomo said Hammond was leaving to “focus on his family” and Boldison was taking a new job in the state university system – and claimed both departures had been underway for some time.
At least five assistants left Cuomo’s staff last week and there are reports of a toxic work environment even before the scandals.
The most prominent assistant to leave Cuomo staff so far is Gareth Rhodes, a top coronavirus collaborator, who announced his departure on Wednesday after a guest at his wedding went public with allegations according to which Cuomo allegedly sexually harassed her during the reception afterwards.
Rhodes returns to his previous post at the Wall Street state regulator, the Department of Financial Services.
On the same day, a spokesperson for the governor’s press office, Will Burns, announced that he was stepping down so he could prepare for the law school entrance exams.
And Cuomo’s press secretary Caitlin Girouard begins her last day on the Cuomo squad on Friday – after spending two years there.
She is leaving for a job at a tech company and told the Post in a statement that she accepted the new job in January, before the tsunami of the scandal hit.