Andrew Zambelli, a top adviser to both Gov. Cuomo and his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, died Friday.
A source said Zambelli, 70, known as Drew, was battling cancer.
Zambelli, served as a counselor to Andrew Cuomo from 2011 to 2015 and
was a pollster and adviser to the governor’s re-election campaign.
He also worked in Mario Cuomo’s administration from 1985 to 1994, including as secretary and chief of staff to the governor.
“Today we mourn the loss of a great public servant, a brilliant
political mind and our dear friend Drew Zambelli who died this morning.
I’ve known and worked closely with Drew for more than 35 years,” Cuomo
said in a statement.
“He was more than just an advisor to my father and me — he was part
of our family. He was my father’s last Secretary, the highest staff
position in the state executive branch, and he was my Counselor, in
every sense of the word. He spent his life helping make this state a
better place and always gave it his all.
Cuomo said Zambelli actually was a “brilliant scientist” before
getting involved in government and politics to “make a difference.”
“And he did. He was of another era, a gentleman, humble, devoted, and
selfless. He mentored countless young people who now serve the state.
He lives on in them.”
Zambelli, who lived in Eastchester, is survived by his wife, Barbara, and two children, Drew and Katie.