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Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's communication director, Peter Ajemian, has resigned, according to an announcement from Cuomo's office.

The big picture: Ajemian now joins the growing list of aides who have left Cuomo's administration in recent months following controversies surrounding the governor, including sexual misconduct allegations and coronavirus deaths in nursing homes.

What he's saying: "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, per 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," Ajemian added.

What's next: Ajemian's last day was on Friday and he will be replaced by Rich Azzopardi, who was Cuomo's senior advisor.

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Kathy Hochul vows to turn the page on Cuomo's "toxic work environment"

New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul during a press conference Wednesday promised to create a safe work environment when she replaces disgraced Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 13 days.

Why it matters: Hochul said no executive chamber member implicated in Cuomo's alleged efforts to retaliate against women who accused him of sexual harassment will remain in her administration.

Aug 11, 2021 - Podcasts

$1 trillion infrastructure bill clears the Senate

Yesterday was dominated by political news, with the bipartisan win on infrastructure and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's resignation. We unpack why these matter with Axios' political team.

Guests: Axios' Alayna Treene, Glen Johnson, and Margaret Talev

Credits: Axios Today is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Dan Bobkoff, Alexandra Botti, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Sabeena Singhani, and Ben O'Brien. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. You can text questions, comments and story ideas to Niala as a text or voice memo to 202-918-4893.

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U.S. airstrike kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria, DOD says

A displacement camp near the village of Qah in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. Photo: Ahmad Al-Atrash/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.