"Governor Hochul's appointment of Dr. Mary Bassett as our State’s next Health Commissioner is a clear indication that she wants to quickly redirect the agency’s role back to its core mission— to protect and improve the health and well-being of all New Yorkers.
Dr. Bassett, who will be the first African-American to lead the agency, has had an exemplary career focused on enacting forward-thinking, compassionate, and efficient public health initiatives and programs focused on reducing deeply rooted health disparities.
Her lifelong dedication to addressing the impacts of disparities is exactly the foundation our State must build on, particularly as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been undeniably vicious in communities of color among the other health crises our State faces.
I am incredibly excited about this historic appointment and I would like to express my wholehearted support to Dr. Bassett as she embarks on this challenging new role. I also hope that this new direction at the Department of Health will encourage capable and public health-oriented professionals to join the agency after so many departed due to the previous administration’s lack of commitment to investing in public health.”