With a boss like this…
Disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo would regularly lash out at his senior staff — and once told a top aide, “You’re lucky that I don’t throw you out the window,” according to one of his accusers.
Brittany Commisso — whose groping allegation led to criminal charges being filed against Cuomo last month — described the then-gov’s infamous short fuse to outside lawyers probing the sexual misconduct claims against him.
“He would go from zero to 60 in .2 seconds depending on the situation,” Commisso said during a May 17 deposition, the transcript of which was released Wednesday.
In one instance, Commisso said she overheard the crotchety chief executive berate Senior Advisor Rich Azzopardi through an open office door.
“I personally witnessed him speak down to Richard Azzopardi,” Commisso testified. “And I believe his words were, you’re lucky that I don’t throw you out the window.”
Asked for comment about the alleged incident, Azzopardi, who still reps the now out-of-office Cuomo, said only, “News to me.”
The anecdote is just the latest example of the “toxic” workplace the former governor operated, and of his well-known temper tantrums aimed at staffers and political foes.
Several other former Cuomo administration staffers, political arena veterans and even lawmakers have previously come forward to detail his aggressive and bullying tactics.
In a separate interview with investigators, an unnamed female state trooper assigned to the governor’s protective detail, who alleged he sexually harassed her on the job, also described him as irritable and huffy.
“He’s very demanding,” she told investigators on May 19. “And when he expects something to be done, it needs to get done. And there can’t be any little hiccups.”
“Everything needs to go smooth without upsetting him,” she added.
Transcripts of the interviews with the trooper Commisso were included in a mountain of investigatory documents made public by state Attorney General Letitia James, who hired outside lawyers to probe the allegations against Cuomo.
The months-long investigation culminated in the August report accusing the governor of sexually harassing at least 11 women. Cuomo, 63, who continues to deny the allegations, resigned a week later.