Gov. Kathy Hochul introduced Zucker’s departure Thursday throughout a Covid-19 briefing, including that he’ll keep on as well being commissioner till the place is stuffed. Zucker’s resignation marks the departure of one of many final remaining distinguished members of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration.
“I agree together with his resolution,” Hochul mentioned Thursday. “He labored onerous via the pandemic, and I wish to thank him for his service on behalf of the individuals of the state.”
Zucker’s resignation letter painted an image of New York supposedly bouncing again after the worst of the pandemic has handed, with 75% of individuals above the age of 18 already being vaccinated, and pictures in arms for youngsters looming on the horizon.
“There comes a time when the baton needs to be handed on this marathon journey that we name public service in New York State,” Zucker wrote. “With a fierce dedication to the general public’s well being, I’ve carried it via many a disaster within the final seven years and 5 months and positioned the welfare of our residents on the forefront of all issues.”
Throughout the Covid-19 disaster, Zucker turned a fixture at Cuomo’s day by day Covid briefings, providing in-depth explanations about the usage of masks and social distancing whereas answering robust technical questions concerning the transmission of the virus. Zucker beforehand steered New York via outbreaks of Ebola, Legionella, Zika and the measles, amid different well being scares, in accordance with his resignation letter.
Beth Garvey, Cuomo’s particular counsel and senior adviser, mentioned on the time that the “out of facility information was omitted after (the Division of Well being) couldn’t affirm it had been adequately verified.”
Zucker joined the well being division in 2013 and was a former White Home fellow beneath then-Well being and Human Providers Secretary Tommy Thompson, in accordance with his biography on the New York State web site. He later turned deputy assistant secretary of well being the place he developed the nation’s Medical Reserve Corps, a community of volunteers designed to assist throughout public well being emergencies.