11:30 am Feb. 15, 2013
Allison Gollust, the director of communications hired by Andrew Cuomo four months ago, is leaving the administration to take a job at CNN.
The resignation was first reported by the New York Times.
Gollust replaced Rich Bamberger, a former local television reporter who had been with Cuomo off and on since his days as attorney general.
Gollust previously served as a reporter and producer at NBC, and carried the potential to be a more aggressive and higher-profile presence, but chose instead to rejoin Jeff Zucker, her former boss at NBC who was recently named president of CNN Worldwide.
In a letter to the governor, Gollust cited the "equity" she had established in television news, and the desire to spend more time with her family in Manhattan, without the frequent trips to Albany.
Gollust is one of a select few women to have worked in Cuomo's administration.
Her departure means a second big change for Cuomo's press office in recent weeks. Longtime spokesman Josh Vlasto was recently promoted to the governor's chief of staff, though top aides often serve an auxiliary press function in Cuomo's orbit.