NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Kathy Hochul named her new health commissioner Wednesday.

She announced Dr. Mary T. Bassett has been appointed to replace Dr. Howard Zucker.

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Bassett served as the commissioner of New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 2014 to 2018.

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“As we move to end the pandemic, we have a unique opportunity to create a state that is more equitable for all New Yorkers,” Bassett wrote on Twitter.

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Zucker served under former Gov. Andrew Cuomo throughout the pandemic, but submitted his resignation last week amid fallout over the nursing home scandal.

CBSNewYork Team