N.Y. Health Commissioner Exits Amid Criticism Over Nursing Homes

Sept. 23, 2021, 4:17 PM

New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, who was central to allegations that former Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration covered up Covid nursing-home deaths, has submitted his resignation.

Governor Kathy Hochul, who replaced the scandal-plagued Cuomo in August, announced Zucker’s move Thursday during a virus briefing in New York City. When asked whether she had requested his resignation, Hochul reiterated her plans to build a new leadership team, and said Zucker will remain commissioner until she finds a replacement.

Howard Zucker
Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

“I thank Dr. Zucker for his willingness to stay on board so we don’t have a gap in leadership,” ...

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