Cuomo’s Top Legal Counsel Leaving the Administration

March 10, 2021 Updated: March 10, 2021

On Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the resignation of his top lawyer Kumiki Gibson, the latest in his administration amidst the dual scandals of COVID-19 nursing home deaths and numerous sexual harassment allegations.

Gibson’s statement included with Cuomo’s announcement said that her decision wasn’t a sudden one.

“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,” she said.

“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,” she added.

Gibson was named Cuomo’s legal counsel on Sept. 3, 2019. Previously, she served as Vice President Al Gore’s Chief Counsel and the Vice President and General Counsel of John Hopkins Univerity.

Her last day with the Cuomo administration will be Friday. Beth Garvey, Cuomo’s special counsel and senior advisor, will be taking her place as acting counsel in the meantime.

Some of Cuomo’s staffers have resigned in the past few days.

Two of Cuomo’s aides, press secretary Caitlin Girouard and interim policy adviser Erin Hammond, have announced that they are leaving the administration. They both announced that they made the decision months ago.

Girouard is the spokeswoman who delivered a statement last week denying the sexual harassment allegations made online against Cuomo by former staffer Lindsey Boylan.

New York COVID-19 task force member Gareth Rhodes, a top aide who regularly sat on the governor’s briefing panel throughout the pandemic, announced last week that he’s leaving his post for his former position as deputy superintendent and special counsel to the state Department of Financial Services.

Another press secretary Will Burns announced last week that he will leave his post to attend law school.

In the meantime, dozens of New York State Assembly members released an open letter calling for New York Attorney General Leticia James to conduct a thorough investigation into Cuomo.

They requested that James “be allowed the appropriate time to complete her investigation,” the letter read.