Josh Vlasto has a new title

Josh VlastoIn  this morning’s edition of The New York Times, Thomas Kaplan writes that Governor Cuomo is promoting Josh Vlasto, his press spokesman, to Chief of Staff. Here’s Kaplan’s report.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who is known for his careful, if aggressive, cultivation of the news media, is promoting his press spokesman to serve as his chief of staff.

The spokesman, Josh Vlasto, whose title has been deputy communications director, will assume a title that was last held by Benjamin M. Lawsky, whom the governor named in 2011 to be the superintendent of the newly created Department of Financial Services. As chief of staff, Mr. Vlasto will be a senior adviser to Mr. Cuomo, working on communications, politics and policy; the administration did not say what he would be paid, but his current annual salary is $135,000.

Mr. Vlasto, 31, will report to Lawrence S. Schwartz, who, as secretary to the governor, is the top-ranking aide in the governor’s office.

Mr. Vlasto, a past press secretary for Senator Charles E. Schumer, is known as a forceful, sometimes combative spokesman. He was the press secretary for Mr. Cuomo’s campaign for governor.

Working in the New York governor’s office is in Mr. Vlasto’s blood: his mother, Carol Opton, was a special assistant to Gov. Hugh L. Carey, and his father, James S. Vlasto, was Mr. Carey’s press secretary.

 

 

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