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BURBANK, Calif. (AP) _ Zenia Mucha, who was a key adviser to New York Gov. George Pataki before becoming spokeswoman for ABC Television last year, has been named senior vice president of corporate communications for The Walt Disney Co.

Mucha replaces John Dreyer, who is stepping down after 25 years with the company, Disney said Thursday. He will remain a consultant on communications issues, Disney said.

Mucha will assume expanded duties, including being the chief spokeswoman for Disney. She will continue to oversee media relations and internal communications at ABC.

Earlier in her career, Mucha served as press representative and communications director to former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato. She managed D'Amato's two re-election campaigns, in 1986 and 1992.

She joined the Pataki administration in 1994 and served as senior policy adviser as well as director of communications.

Dreyer joined the company as head of publicity at the Walt Disney World resort in 1977. He became Disney's chief spokesman in 1992.