ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appointed a new top aide Monday, naming his already-close advisor, Melissa DeRosa, as secretary to the governor. The administration said DeRosa is the first woman to hold the post.
Departing back to the private sector is William Mulrow, who served Cuomo as secretary since the beginning of the governor’s second term in 2015. Mulrow was named chairman of Cuomo’s 2018 campaign committee. Cuomo has not announced his re-election bid for a third term in 2018, but his campaign is raising money on a daily basis.
DeRosa is a former top communications advisor to Cuomo and she has most recently served as his chief of staff. She is among the very small circle of people who Cuomo counts among his most trusted advisors both inside and outside government.
DeRosa is 34 and she joined the administration in 2013. In the past, she worked for Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and held various posts in Democratic campaigns and did work for an influential Albany lobbying firm. DeRosa’s family members also have their own government ties. Her husband is an executive with Uber, the ride-hailing company whose services were just legalized in upstate, and her father is a longtime, successful lobbyist in Albany.
DeRosa’s salary for her new job was not immediately available.
Mulrow’s ties to Cuomo go back to the days of the late Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, who tapped him for posts in the state Democratic Party and with his 1990 re-election campaign.