From the Morning Memo:

Abbey Collins, a veteran press official in New York, is joining the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as is chief communications officer.

She starts Oct. 1.

“Abbey Collins is a world-class communications strategist and we are thrilled she is joining our team,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye. “Abbey’s experience, both in the public and private sector, is second to none and she will be a tremendous asset to the organization as we continue the MTA’s historic transformation.”

It’s a return to government for Collins, who has worked as a director at the public affairs communications firm Kivvit. She previously worked as a spokeswoman in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration as well as his 2018 re-election campaign and for the state Legislature.

“I’m excited to join the talented, passionate team at the MTA as the agency undergoes a total transformation,” Collins said.

“The MTA is working every day to improve service and reliability for New Yorkers and telling that story at this critical moment couldn’t be more important. I look forward to getting to work.”