Rep. Elise Stefanik acquired a name on her private cellphone final 12 months, shortly after talking out in opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to seize ventilators from upstate hospitals within the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the road was the freshman congresswoman’s longtime pal, prime Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa — and she was livid.
DeRosa “screamed” at and “bullied” Stefanik (R-Glens Falls) in an effort to make her to stroll again her opposition to Cuomo’s government order, which might have shifted the life-saving medical equipment to hard-hit New York City and the encircling space, a supply advised The Post.
But Stefanik — whose upstate congressional district has the biggest inhabitants of extremely weak seniors within the state — wouldn’t relent.
The two ladies haven’t spoken since.
The April 2020 incident marked the tip of a friendship cast greater than 20 years in the past, when Stefanik, 36, and DeRosa, 38, attended Albany Academy for Girls, a personal faculty the place they each served on the coed council.
Despite diverging politically — Stefanik just became the No. 3 Republican within the House of Representatives, whereas DeRosa is a Democrat, like her boss — the connection endured as they thrived of their respective careers, with DeRosa among the many friends at Stefanik’s 2017 marriage ceremony.
As not too long ago as 2019, DeRosa described Stefanik as a rock-steady buddy who was at all times there for her when DeRosa was would name, “practically in tears,” for recommendation, author Charlotte Alter tweeted this week.
“And she is so morally supportive and will be there to coach through whatever the issue is,” DeRosa added, in keeping with Alter.
Also that 12 months, DeRosa tweeted that she and Stefanik “may not agree on everything, but I will never stop being in awe of my little sister and middle school student council running-mate…Nothing but class.”
Stefanik — who was re-elected in November — tweeted again, “Thx Missy!” together with a kissy-face emoji.
But since their struggle over Cuomo’s ventilator plan — which he later deserted — the feud has gone public, with DeRosa accusing Stefanik of being “complicit in an attempt to overthrow the US government” in the course of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump.
“The effort resulted in 5 deaths, including a law enforcement officer. No amount of deflection changes these facts,” DeRosa added.
The following month, Stefanik fired again when The Post exclusively revealed how DeRosa privately advised Democratic lawmakers that Cuomo’s administration lined up the entire variety of nursing dwelling deaths from COVID-19.
Stefanik tweeted that DeRosa’s recorded remarks have been “bombshell admission” of a “stunning and criminal abuse of power” and mentioned they implicated DeRosa in a “massive corruption and coverup scandal at the highest level of New York State Government.”
Leah Aronowitz — whose daughter, Suzanne Cross, was a classmate of each ladies — mentioned of the fractured friendship, “Of course, it’s sad.”
“This goes to their positions in life and their livelihoods,” Aronowitz mentioned.
“They’re from two very different ends of the political spectrum and politics has become very nasty.”
A request for remark from DeRosa was answered by Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi, who mentioned, “Stefanik politicized a pandemic and showed the world she didn’t give a damn about saving the lives of New Yorkers.”
Stefanik’s senior advisor, Alex DeGrasse, responded with a prolonged assertion outlining the assorted scandals engulfing Cuomo and saying that he “and his top aides should be prosecuted.”