NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Dr. Howard Zucker is stepping down as New York State health commissioner.
Hochul said he submitted his resignation but agreed to stay on until the position is filled.
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“I agree with his decision,” the governor said. “He has been a dedicated public servant for over seven and a half years. He worked hard through the pandemic. And I want to thank him for his service on behalf of the people of this state.”
Zucker came under fire for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic at nursing homes, particularly a March 2020 mandate that COVID positive residents be allowed to return to facilities, which many said were unequipped to quarantine those patients.
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