Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new communications director is Allison Gollust, a former chief spokesperson for NBC Universal. Ms. Gollust replaces Mr. Cuomo’s longtime communications director, Rich Bamberger, is departing the administration for an as-yet-unspecified job in the private sector.
“The opportunity to join the Governor and his team to build on the tremendous success they have already achieved in transforming the state is one that I truly could not pass up,” Ms. Gollust said in a press release announcing the move this morning. “Communication in this day and age moves at a lightning pace and serves a critical role in informing the public.”
She then vowed to continue Mr. Bamberger’s messaging, properly using the Cuomo administrations much-beloved “new New York” phrasing, “I look forward to working with the administration to continue spreading the Governor’s message of a new New York throughout the state.”
Ms. Gollust’s career mostly lies within NBC Universal, where she spent 14 years before announcing her departure, which occurred during Comcast’s takeover of the company. The chief executive there, Jeff Zucker, announced he would leave the company during the merge as well.
Bringing on a new spokesperson from the media world rather than the political realm is interesting as Mr. Cuomo is widely thought to be mulling a potential presidential run in 4 years. Nevertheless, Mr. Cuomo praised his new hire as a welcome addition to Albany.
“It is an honor to welcome Allison to our team and I thank her for bringing her talents to New York state government,” Mr. Cuomo said in the press release. “Allison is a consummate professional who has a wealth of experience in communications and management. Her extraordinary work ethic, intellect and dedication will be essential to this position and I look forward to working with her.”