Former New York City health commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett has been appointed state health commissioner, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday.
Bassett will succeed Dr. Howard Zucker, who announced his resignation last week after seven and a half years at the department.
“Our recovery from this pandemic requires tested leadership and experience to improve health equity and access across the state, and Dr. Bassett is perfectly equipped to lead the New York State Department of Health during this critical moment,” Hochul said in a statement.
The move will take effect Dec. 1.
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