ALBANY — Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top lawyer is leaving after less than two years on the job, the latest resignation in a wave of departures from the administration besieged by dueling scandals involving nursing homes and sexual harassment allegations.
Kumiki Gibson has served as Counsel to the Governor, Cuomo’s chief lawyer, since Sept. 2019, but she will be leaving the administration this Friday for a job in the non-profit sector, according to the governor’s office.
“I informed the Executive Chamber a month ago that I planned to leave State service and have accepted a position at a nationally prominent not-for-profit organization,” Gibson said in a statement.
“It has been an honor and privilege to work for the Governor and the people of the State of New York. I remain deeply impressed with the talent and dedication of my legal team and will forever be grateful for having the opportunity to serve New Yorkers.”
Gibson worked in the private sector as a labor and civil rights attorney for ten years from 2008 to 2018 and before that served as a commissioner at the New York State Division of Human Rights for one year, from 2007 to 2008, according to her LinkedIn.
Beth Garvey — special counsel and senior advisor to the governor — will be taking her place, as acting counsel in the meantime, according to Cuomo.
Staffers have resigned from the executive chamber in the wake of reports that Cuomo foster’s a toxic work environment.
Gareth Rhodes, a top aide who regularly sat on the governor’s briefing panel throughout the pandemic, announced last week he was leaving his post on the NYS Covid task force for his former position deputy superintendent and special counsel to the state Department of Financial Services.
Other departures include press secretary Caitlin Girourd, who completed two years working for the governor in Albany and New York City last Friday.
Another press secretary Will Burns announced last week that he was stepping down from his post to study for law school.
Other departing aides include health policy analyst Erin Hammond and scheduler Sophie Boldison.