Governor Andrew Cuomo's communications director, Allison Gollust, resigns to take job at CNN with former boss Jeff Zucker

By Gina DiFalco,

Andrew Cuomo’s communications director, Allison Gollust, has given her letter of resignation to the governor, revealing she will go back to work for her former boss, Jeff Zucker.

Gollust, who worked underneath Zucker when he was chief executive of NBCUniversal before becoming CNN worldwide president, said in the letter that it “logistically” made sense for her to resign.

“[A]s you well know, serving in state government requires an unparalleled commitment to flexible schedules, days away from home and significant time spent in Albany,” she wrote, The Wall Street Journal reports. “This commitment required far more time in Albany than I anticipated, and logistically this return to the private sector will work much better for my family.”

She continued, “Regardless of where I am employed, you will continue to have my unwavering allegiance as an adviser and, most importantly, a friend.”

Gollust’s official departure date will be on March 1. Her new role will be senior vice president of communications for CNN Worldwide, CNN reports.

“In the 15 years that Allison and I have worked together, I’ve depended on her judgment, counsel and relationships,” Zucker said in a statement. “Allison is joining CNN at an exciting time, and she and the strong communications team she’s inheriting will play a critical role in shaping the organization and its story going forward. It’s great to have her at CNN.”



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