A top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo — communications director Peter Ajemian — is the latest to resign from the administration, as it faces multiple investigations into sexual harassment allegations and a probe of its handling of nursing home patient deaths from COVID-19.
Ajemian became head of Cuomo’s communication department barely a year ago — in August 2020 — taking over from longtime aide Dani Lever, after she took a job with Facebook. He previously worked as Cuomo’s senior deputy communications director and a deputy communications director for transportation.
“After nearly four years and with this year’s budget done and vaccine eligibility open to everyone, I decided now is the time to pursue opportunities in the private sector. I’m grateful to the Governor for giving me the chance to serve,” he told The Post.
“It’s been the honor of a lifetime to be part of a team working for New Yorkers in a period of unprecedented crisis and seeing the government work for the people and people work for each other.”
The governor’s office announced longtime aide Rich Azzopardi is being tapped to replace Ajemain, but he’ll be pulling double duty as Cuomo’s current senior advisor and spokesman — according to an omnibus email broadcasting a slew of new hires and promotions Friday afternoon.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Bernadette Hogan