ALBANY — The resignation of Department of Health Commissioner Howard A. Zucker, an ally of former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, rung in a victory lap moment for Republicans lawmakers who have been calling for his departure for months. A handful of progressive Democrats also chimed in, but largely stayed out of the conversation.
Zucker, in a letter he submitted to Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announcing his resignation, he said it was time to move on from his top position leading the state's health department after nearly 7 ½ years in which he served with with a "fierce dedication to the public's health."