Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Latest Cuomo Appointee to Resign - Howard Zucker State Department of Health Commissioner


The latest Cuomo appointee to resign

Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo

State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker will resign, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Thursday morning.

The embattled commissioner has been criticized for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and alleged role in a cover-up of data showing the true COVID-19 death toll among nursing home residents. Hochul said he will remain in his current role until a replacement is named, which Hochul hinted might happen by the early October 45-day mark she has set for staffing up her new administration.

“He understands that in this time I've wanted to take the first 45 days to assemble a new team going forward,” Hochul told reporters at a Manhattan press conference. “That process is ongoing, and he understands and he respects that and he also has an opportunity to move on to new ventures, and I appreciate his service.”

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