Cuomo Names New Budget Director, Chief of Staff

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has chosen the top staff member of the state Senate’s majority Republicans to be his new budget director.

The governor, a Democrat, has appointed Robert Mujica to head the state’s Budget Division.

Mujica has been chief of staff to the Senate majority leader and secretary to the Senate Finance Committee that examines and develops tax policy proposals.

He replaces Mary Beth Labate, who is joining New York State University as a senior policy and program advisor.

Cuomo has also named his communications director, Melissa DeRosa, to be his chief of staff.