On the line was the congresswoman’s longtime pal, cima Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa — and she was furious.
DeRosa “screamed” at and “bullied” Stefanik (R-Glens Falls) in an effort to make her to walk back her opposition to Cuomo’s orden ejecutiva, which would have shifted the life-saving medical equipment to hard-hit New York City and the surrounding area, a source told The Post.
But Stefanik — whose upstate congressional district has the largest population of highly vulnerable seniors in the state — wouldn’t relent.
The two women haven’t spoken since.
The April 2020 incident marked the end of a friendship forged more than 20 hace años que, when Stefanik, 36, and DeRosa, 38, attended Albany Academy for Girls, a private school where they both served on the student council.
Despite diverging politically — Stefanik just became the No. 3 Republicano en el House of Representatives, while DeRosa is a Demócrata, like her boss — the relationship endured as they thrived in their respective careers, with DeRosa among the guests at Stefanik’s 2017 boda.
As recently as 2019, DeRosa described Stefanik as a rock-steady friend who was always there for her when DeRosa was would call, “practically in tears,” for advice, writer Charlotte Alter tweeted this week.
“And she is so morally supportive and will be there to coach through whatever the issue is,” DeRosa added, according to Alter.
Also that year, 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 back, “Thx Missy!” along with a kissy-face emoji.