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Mary T. Bassett will lead state’s health department after Hochul appointment

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Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH, has been appointed State Commissioner of the Department of Health. Governor Kathy Hochul made the announcement on Wednesday. With more than 30 years of experience devoted to promoting health equity ... more
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New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker resigns amid investigations

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New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker has resigned. Zucker will remain on-board until a successor is identified, according to Governor Kathy Hochul. However, the change signals a move away from controversial Cuomo-era policies ... more
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Senator Pam Helming states State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker needs to go, he cannot be trusted

Senate passes bill doubling farm workforce retention tax credit co-sponsored by Senator Helming
Governor Kathy Hochul said she was going to take 45 days to clean out the toxicity of former Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration. Senator Pam Helming is saying that State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker needs to ... more
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Dr. Zucker gets grilled by lawmakers, but dodges toughest questions on COVID-19 response in nursing homes

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After debate about whether it would actually happen- New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker took lawmakers questions on Thursday for more than five hours. The questions were taken as part of a hearing ... more
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Cuomo, Zucker says visitation rules at nursing homes will not change

Department of Financial Services investigating nursing home debt collection practices
Visitation at nursing homes in New York is going to remain limited for now, state officials said on Wednesday. Calls have been growing for increased visitation at long-term care facilities. They have effectively been on ... more
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INVESTIGATION: What role did lobbying play in preventing critical nursing home bills from getting through legislature?

Division of Human Rights’ investigation suggests “probable cause” in COVID-19 workplace discrimination case of former long-time Canandaigua nursing home employee
“In today's regulatory environment, health care providers are forced to navigate within a labyrinth of complex governmental regulations, and one wrong can carry drastic consequences.” The coronavirus pandemic clamped down on Albany last summer, bringing ... more
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State delays release of FOIL’d nursing home data again, as pressure grows for answers

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The Cuomo administration is refusing to release a full count of coronavirus deaths in New York nursing homes for another two months, until March 22nd. In a letter to the Empire Center on Wednesday, the Health Department ... more
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