Cuomo Communication Director Exits For Port Authority

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The next is an expanded model of the second merchandise from my “Albany Insider” column from Monday’s print editions:

Gov. Cuomo has misplaced one other prime staffer.

James Allen, who joined Workforce Cuomo as communications director in December, 2015, quietly left his $171,000 job on Jan. 22, in keeping with state payroll information.

A Cuomo aide confirmed the departure and stated Allen will begin Monday on the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. He’ll function the chief of workers to Port Authority Vice Chairman Jeffrey Lynford, who was appointed by Cuomo.

He’ll work additionally work with Port Authority Government Director Rick Cotton, one other former Cuomo aide.

The transfer was rumored for a number of months.  A supply stated Allen stayed on to assist with the governor’s State of the State and funds rollouts.

Sources say Allen will serve in a initiatives administration position, advancing precedence initiatives just like the rebuilding of LaGuardia and Kennedy airports.

“James is a proficient and efficient public government with a wealth of presidency expertise on the federal, state and native degree,” Lynford stated. “As chief of workers, James will probably be an important asset to me and the Port Authority as we advance essential infrastructure initiatives and initiatives that may profit the area for many years to return.”

One supply stated Allen was approached due to his expertise in New York and New Jersey.

Earlier than becoming a member of the Cuomo administration, Allen served as then-Newark Mayor Corey Booker’s chief spokesman. He was additionally a vice chairman of communications and technique at Mic, a media firm that focuses on millennials.

“The Port Authority initiatives are key elements of the governor’s infrastructure plan and we would like the strongest attainable crew representing New York,” stated Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa. “James excelled right here at organizing advanced initiatives and we’re grateful that he is becoming a member of Rick and Jeff. I look ahead to persevering with to work with him as an prolonged a part of the Cuomo crew.”

Cuomo has not but named a brand new communications director. An announcement is anticipated to return shortly, stated a Cuomo insider.


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