NEW HAVEN \u2014 Two-and-half years after helping Mayor Justin Elicker get elected, and then serving as his public information director, Gage Frank is taking a new job with the state. Frank\u2019s last day will be Friday, before he joins the communication office of state Treasurer Shawn T. Wooden on Monday. In New Haven, Kyle Buda will take Frank\u2019s place as director of communications on May 17. Buda also worked Elicker\u2019s campaign. In a letter to department heads, Frank, 29, told them \u201cit has been an absolute pleasure working with you all through one of the single most profound moments in our lifetimes and in human history,\u201d referring to the COVID19 pandemic that has dominated all levels of government. \u201cI have learned so much over the past year-and-a-half at City Hall, helping our new mayor build this Administration, one that will forever be remembered as those that worked tirelessly to save lives, grow our economy, and build a future where everyone can thrive no matter the challenges ahead of us (and even in a pandemic!)\u201d Frank wrote. Mary Coursey, who has been the contact on many development issues, will be the point person in the office next week until Buda comes onboard. ?I want to thank Mayor Justin Elicker, for believing in me, and our team. The past two-and-a-half-years have been some of the most exciting, inspiring, and transformational moments of my life. And I want to thank all of you, our department heads: I have seen first-hand that you truly embody the essence of public service, working tirelessly around the clock to meet our residents where they are at and going above and beyond in your efforts to solve challenges and provide services to the Elm City,\u201d Frank wrote. He called his leaving \u201ca bittersweet moment.\u201d \u201cI am going to truly miss working with you all, fighting for the rights of our residents, solving issues in the community, and carrying the task of creating an equitable city where everyone can have the opportunity to actualize their fullest potential, and thrive. There are so many great things happening right now in New Haven, and so many more to come. It has been an absolute honor to be a part of this,\u201d he wrote. Frank, who was Elicker\u2019s campaign manager, was named communications director for the then new mayor in December 2019, before Elicker took office. Frank is a graduate of the University of Scranton and previously worked the reelection effort for then-Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, and on election of local candidates in his hometown of Bridgeport and other areas. He also has worked at the Working Families Party and in the nonprofit sector, as civic engagement manager at Bridgeport-based FaithActs for Education-focused on lobbying and organizing for more school funding. He was manager of Elicker\u2019s Transition Team and resides in the Westville neighborhood of New Haven.