- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 7, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A former aide to New York politicians is now in the office of North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger to lead his press operations.

Berger announced Tuesday that Pat Ryan is his new deputy chief of staff for communications. He succeeds Amy Auth, who left her job in the spring to become director of state affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ryan attended UNC-Chapel Hill and most recently worked as communications director for Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan of New York. He previously worked on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s disaster recovery team after Hurricane Sandy.

Berger’s office has seen other recent changes as longtime Chief of Staff Jim Blaine left the job and Berger General Counsel Andrew Tripp succeeded Blaine.

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