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A healthier N.Y. after Zucker

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24.09.2021

The biggest surprise about state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker’s resignation is how long it took to happen.

Given his intimate role in the Cuomo administration’s nursing home scandal — which might have gotten the former governor impeached if he hadn’t resigned — Zucker forfeited the credibility necessary to stay on the job.

His actions also damaged the overall reputation of the Health Department, which has lost a number of top-level officials in recent months, perhaps because they resented being used and misused by the political higher-ups.

With Zucker gone, here is what Gov. Hochul and the next commissioner can do to put this vital arm of the state government back on its feet.

Clear the air on COVID. After the many pandemic-related deceptions perpetrated by Zucker and the rest of Team Cuomo, setting the record straight should be a high priority.

The department could start by clarifying the story behind the much-debated March 2020 directive compelling nursing homes to admit COVID-positive patients during the thick of the pandemic’s first wave.

Cuomo superseded the directive with a separate rule barring hospitals from discharging........

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