Alphonso David: Black, Gay, and the Third Most Powerful Man in New York

_csp7074Alphonso David knows something about political instability, popular upheavals and the fear that comes after. David has served as Governor Andrew Cuomo’s chief counsel since 2015 and has worked under the man in various capacities for almost a decade. But he was raised in Liberia; his wealthy family, targeted for belonging to the doomed political establishment, fled the African nation when he was ten during a violent military coup. David has lived freedom — and had it taken away.

“I’ve lived in a country that was democratically elected and went basically to a dictatorship,” he told the Voice. “I don’t take our democracy for granted.”

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