State’s new health commissioner receiving warm reception

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Wednesday announcement that Dr. Mary Bassett will replace Dr. Howard Zucker as the state health commissioner was well received by lawmakers and medical professionals alike.

Bassett had been commissioner of the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 2014 to 2018. Her appointment is effective Dec. 1.

Assemblyman Richard Gottfried of Manhattan, chairman of his chamber’s health committee, praised Bassett on Twitter as being a “solid public health professional with strong progressive values.”

State Sen. Gustavo Rivera of the Bronx, chairman of his chamber’s health committee, also approved of the appointment, which he said “is a clear indication that [Hochul] wants to quickly

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