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New York State Assembly Health Committee Chair Gottfried Reacts To Zucker's Ouster

NYS Assemblyman Richard Gottfried
NYS Assemblyman Richard Gottfried

New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker is resigning after more than six years in the role. The Cuomo administration holdover who oversaw the state’s COVID-19 response is staying on until Governor Kathy Hochul names his successor.

The change comes at a pivotal time in the coronavirus vaccination effort in the state. Joining us now is New York state Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, a Democrat from the 75th district who chairs the Health Committee.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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