New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s communications director has resigned — making him at least the tenth member of the disgraced Democrat’s staff to do so since the scandals began.
Peter Ajemian’s last shift for the governor was on Friday.
In a statement announcing the staff shakeup, Cuomo’s office said that Rich Azzopardi will be replacing him.
“Mr. Azzopardi has been a member of this administration for nine years, previously serving as Senior Advisor to the Governor, Senior Deputy Communications Director, DeputyCommunications Director for Albany and Deputy Press Secretary for Albany. Prior to that, he was an aide in the New York State Senate and a newspaper reporter. He is replacing Peter Ajemian, who is leaving the administration to pursue a position in the private sector,” the statement said.
Ajemian kept things friendly in a statement and did not explain his motivation for leaving.
“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,” Ajemian said in a statement reported by Spectrum News.
“I’m grateful to the governor for giving me the chance to serve. 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,” he added.
Spectrum News reports that “at least nine former aides have left the administration over the past few months. This includes Gareth Rhodes, who was part of Cuomo’s COVID-19 task force, Caitlin Girouard, Cuomo’s press secretary and most recently, Jack Sterne, a Cuomo spokesman.”