Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top communications official issued her resignation Friday morning, leaving Cuomo’s administration after a little more than four months on the job.
Allison Gollust, who was brought on as Cuomo’s director of communications after 15 years at NBC Universal, is leaving the administration to become vice president of communications of CNN Worldwide, where her former boss Jeff Zucker is now president.
The move was first reported Friday by The New York Times.
In her resignation letter, Gollust said she’s returning to the private sector in part to require less travel to Albany. Gollust and her family reside in Manhattan.
“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 wrote.
Gollust was hired in October to replace Rich Bamberger, who had been on Cuomo’s staff since he was in the attorney general’s office. Bamberger left to work for M Public Affairs.
Her full resignation letter is after the jump.
These past months I have spent as your communications director have been some of the most fascinating, meaningful and rewarding as any I’ve had in a career that spans more than 20 years. The opportunity to work alongside you and your Administration as we faced the challenge of a devastating superstorm and its aftermath, the passage of groundbreaking, historic gun control legislation that will make this state a safer place to live for all of its citizens, and the launch of another year of forward-looking initiatives that will continue New York state on its path to fiscal responsibility and social progress, has been extraordinary. And that was all in just the first 90 days.
When I came to this job, I was leaving an industry that I had spent the majority of my career, one in which I had built a tremendous amount of equity. In the time since I joined your Administration, my former colleague Jeff Zucker was hired to run CNN. I was with him for more than 15 years at NBC Universal, and he has now asked me to join him at CNN. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for me not only to rejoin Jeff, but the industry as well.
At the same time, as you well know, serving in state government requires an unparalleled commitment to flexible schedules, days away from home and significant time spent in Albany. 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.
This is not a decision I have come to lightly. You have assembled a tremendous team of leaders and professionals, and I have been privileged to work alongside them, and you. Regardless of where I am employed, you will continue to have my unwavering allegiance as an adviser and, most importantly, a friend.
With my greatest appreciation and warmest regards,