Who is Brittany Commisso?
Brittany Commisso has been named as the “executive assistant #1” in the New York Attorney General’s investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo. She has reportedly accused him of groping her. She has worked for Cuomo since 2017. Her estranged husband and his family are involved in Democratic politics in the Albany area.
The assistant publicly spoke out for the first time in an interview with CBS This Morning and the Albany Times-Union set to air on Monday, August 9, 2021. Commisso previously gave an anonymous interview to the Times-Union in April 2021. She first made her complaint to the attorney general’s office in March 2021.
The sexual harassment accusations and allegations against Cuomo started earlier this year
How old is Brittany Commisso?
Brittany Commisso is 32 years old as of the year 2021.
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Brittany Damino Commisso has worked in various roles in the local and state government, according to her now-deleted LinkedIn profile. She graduated from SUNY Albany with a degree in political government.
From 2013 to 2017, Commisso worked as a confidential secretary in the Albany County Department of Law.
According to her LinkedIn profile, she was then a confidential secretary in the Albany County Alternate Public Defender’s office from May 2017 to November 2017.
She began working in the governor’s office as an executive assistant in December 2017. According to an April 2021 interview with the Albany Times-Union, she worked for a top official at a state agency.
She then returned to work closer to Cuomo in June 2019 as executive assistant to one of his top advisors.
She told the newspaper that when she first started working in the governor’s office, a woman who also worked on his staff told her “‘Oh, you’re going to get stolen.’ I just smiled. She said, ‘You just wait and see, and the governor will be stealing you,’” the woman said. “That was my first day, and that was the first time that I said to myself, ‘I know that wasn’t normal.’ You hear stories about what happens at the Capitol. … I know what she meant by that.” Commisso told the newspaper that in late 2019, she began to be called upon to work directly with Cuomo more frequently.
Brittany Commisso Husband
Brittany Commisso has been married to Frank Commisso Jr. since 2016. They are currently going through a contested divorce, according to New York state records. They have a young daughter together.
Commisso’s estranged husband ran unsuccessfully for Albany mayor in 2017 as a Democrat.
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His campaign’s Twitter profile from the time shows her by his side on the campaign trail and on election night.
Brittany Commisso Family
Commisso’s father, Frank Commisso Sr., also a Democrat, has been a member of the Albany County Legislature since 1983. None has spoken out publicly about the accusations made by Brittany Commisso.
In the attorney general’s report, the investigators wrote, that Brittany Commisso “repeatedly testified that she felt she had to tolerate the Governor’s physical advances and suggestive comments because she feared the repercussions if she did not.” The report added that Commisso, “testified that she needed the income, particularly as she was going through a divorce and was focused on not risking losing her job.”
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The attorney general’s office report stated accusations made by Commisso and 10 other women were credible and corroborated. The investigation was led by employment law attorney Anne Clark and former federal prosecutor Joon Kim. James appointed Clark and Kim to lead an inquiry, investigating the allegations against him.
Cuomo has denied touching women inappropriately but apologized if his behavior was “misinterpreted,” while his attorneys have questioned the fairness and impartiality of the attorney general’s investigation.
Cuomo is accused in the report of engaging in a “pattern of inappropriate conduct” with Commisso since about late 2019, according to the attorney general’s report. The pattern included “close and intimate hugs,” “kisses on the cheeks, forehead and at least one kiss on the lips,” “touching and grabbing” of her “butt during hugs” and while taking a selfie, “comments and jokes by the governor” about Commisso’s “personal life and relationships, including calling her and another. assistant ‘mingle mamas,’ asking her to help find him a girlfriend.”
The report states, “These offensive interactions, among others, culminated in an incident at the executive mansion in November 2020 when the governor, during another close hug with Executive Assistant #1, reached under her blouse and grabbed her breast. For over three months, Executive Assistant #1 kept this groping incident to herself and planned to take it ‘to the rave,’ but found herself becoming emotional while watching the governor state, at a press conference on March 3, 2021, that he had never ‘touched anyone inappropriately.’
She then confided in certain of her colleagues, who in turn reported her allegations to senior staff.
The governor has repeatedly denied it and quite frankly when she first raised this in early March, he was stunned.”
Brittany Commisso Interview
Commisso filed a criminal complaint with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office says after the attorney general’s report was made public. During her interview with CBS News and the Albany Times-Union, Commisso said, “It was the right thing to do. The governor needs to be held accountable. … What he did to me was a crime.”
“He broke the law.”
Commisso added, “I didn’t say anything this whole time. People don’t understand that this is the governor of the state of New York. There are troopers that are outside of the mansion and there is some mansion staff. Those troopers that are there, are not there to protect me. They are there to protect him…”
Brittany Commisso first sat down with the Times Union in April for an in-depth conversation describing alleged groping by Gov. Cuomo.
— Times Union (@timesunion) August 8, 2021
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said at a press conference that the accusations made against Cuomo by Commisso could lead to an arrest on misdemeanor charges. He told reporters on August 7, “I cannot get into the nature of her specific allegations, at this time obviously we are in the very infant stages of this investigation.
Cuomo and his attorneys have denied Commisso’s accusations.
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During her interview with the Albany Times-Union in April 2021, Commisso said about the incident when she said she was groped, “I was just so confused and so taken aback by it. … He never said anything, which was odd. At this moment, I don’t know what to say — I don’t know what to do. Now my hives are coming out.”
I’m, like, swearing in my mind. I remember I walked out and he walked back into his office. … I remember going downstairs and escorting myself out and going to my car and sitting there for a second and going, ‘OK, I have to now go back into the Capitol, go back to my desk and do my job and pretend that, like, that didn’t just happen.’”
Commisso added, “I didn’t have another choice. I remember (thinking), ‘You have to pull yourself together … even if you have to sit here for a couple of minutes to do that.’ If I told someone, I’m done. And who do you tell?”
Commisso’s attorney, Brian Premo, told the Times-Union in July 2021 that his client would be willing to take a lie detector test. Premo asked whether Cuomo would also take a polygraph exam. P
Commisso has continued to work at the Capitol, according to the Times-Union.