ALBANY — Six weeks into her Democratic primary campaign against Gov. Cuomo, actress Cynthia Nixon is changing campaign managers, the Daily News has learned.
Out is Nicole Aro, a one-time digital strategist for the state AFL-CIO.
In will be Hayley Prim, a principal at Hilltop Public Solutions, which has done work for de Blasio, sources told the News Tuesday.
Prim, according to her online bio, was a high-dollar finance director for de Blasio’s 2013 campaign and worked for the mayor at City Hall as a housing and economic policy analyst.
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Before joining de Blasio’s campaign in 2012, Prim worked for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Hilltop’s Rebecca Katz and Bill Hyers, who have both worked for Cuomo foe de Blasio, have been serving as key advisers to Nixon from the time she began seriously exploring a run.
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On Monday, The Root reported Nixon hired L. Joy Williams to serve as a senior adviser, who will focus on such things as voter outreach, policy, fund-raising, and communications.
Williams, according to her bio, is President of the Brooklyn NAACP, creator, host and producer of the civic education podcast #SundayCivics, and founding chair of Higher Heights for America.
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Her hiring comes as Nixon has been trying to make inroads in the black community, where Cuomo remains popular.
Nixon’s camp confirmed the changes.
“The kickoff to the campaign was a huge success as we introduced voters to Cynthia’s progressive agenda, leading to massive gains in the polls and causing Andrew Cuomo and his surrogates to melt down,” Nixon spokeswoman Sarah Ford said. “As we now bolster our operation for the next phase, we’re proud to be attracting top talent to lead us to the next goal: ending Andrew Cuomo’s corrupt and centrist reign, and finally bringing New York a true progressive leader.”
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