The aide who’s leveled the most critical sexual misconduct allegations in opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo has identified herself as Brittany Commisso — a married mother of 1 who joined the governor’s crew in 2017.
The 32-year-old was beforehand known only as “Executive Assistant #1,” in state Attorney General Letitia James’ scathing report concluding that Cuomo sexually harassed 11 ladies, together with present and former staffers, in violation of state and federal legislation.
For the first time Monday, Commisso publicly got here ahead together with her claims that Cuomo twice groped her in the Executive Mansion — calling his conduct “a crime” in a brand new interview with “CBS This Morning” and the Albany Times Union.
Here’s what you want to learn about Commisso, who filed a criminal complaint in opposition to the governor final week.
She’s been working in authorities for almost a decade
After graduating from SUNY Albany with a level in political science and authorities, Commisso landed a gig in the Albany County Department of Law in 2013, in accordance to her since-deleted LinkedIn page.
She then labored in the Albany County Alternate Public Defender’s workplace till late 2017, when she was employed as an govt assistant in the governor’s workplace, the Times Union reported.
Commisso left that job for a chance to work for a high official at a state company, however returned to the Executive Chamber in 2019, when, according to public records, she was employed as a $62,000-a-year administrative assistant — a title she nonetheless holds to today.
By that November, the Times Union reported, she was being referred to as to help Cuomo extra ceaselessly, together with at the Executive Mansion.
That’s when his alleged creepy habits started, with hugs she says the governor gave her “with the intention of getting some personal sexual satisfaction out of it.”
“He thought this was normal to me, and the other women that he did this to,” Commisso stated in the interview aired Monday. “It was not normal, it was not welcome, and it was certainly not consensual.”
She was married in 2016 and has a daughter
Commisso has been married since 2016 to Frank Commisso Jr., 37, a former Albany Common Council member who works for the New York State and Local Retirement System.
The two are in the midst of contested divorce proceedings and have a daughter, who is round 6 years outdated.
Commisso’s estranged husband ran unsuccessfully for Albany mayor in 2017 as a Democrat. His Twitter profile from the marketing campaign exhibits the couple working together on election evening. Neither she nor her hubby seem to at present use social media.
His father is Frank Commisso Sr., a Democratic member of the Albany County Legislature since 1983.
Commisso has stated she initially stored silent about Cuomo’s alleged gross habits as a result of she feared retribution from his workers — and since she needed to shield her daughter.
However, “after a couple of months and processing this whole thing, I do want her to know that she has a voice,” Commisso stated in Monday’s sit-down.
“I never want her to be afraid to speak. I never want her to be afraid of any person in power, a man or a woman.”
Her allegations in opposition to Cuomo are the most critical
Commisso alleges that on New Year’s Eve 2019, the governor groped her behind after she helped him together with his “State of the State” speech.
She has additionally accused Cuomo of reaching beneath her shirt to grope her breast throughout an incident at the Executive Mansion in Albany final yr.
“I mean it was — he was like cupping my breast. He cupped my breast,” she informed investigators.
She added: “I in no way, shape or form invited that nor did I ask for it. I didn’t want it. I feel like I was being taken advantage of.”
The report described the alleged groping as the end result of a collection of “offensive interactions” that additionally embrace Cuomo’s alleged “touching and grabbing of [Commisso’s] butt during hugs and, on one occasion, while taking selfies with him.”
Cuomo might face “a couple” of misdemeanor fees based mostly on Commisso’s allegations, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said Saturday.
Apple’s workplace took Commisso’s grievance throughout a quick interview on Thursday.
Cuomo, 63, has repeatedly denied that he ever “touched anyone inappropriately.” He has not been criminally charged.