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.
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