New York State Health Commissioner Testifying Before Lawmakers

Dr. Howard Zucker NYS Health Commissioner. File photo by Mike Groll / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

ALBANY – New York State’s Health Commissioner is scheduled to testify before a joint legislative budget hearing on health and Medicaid Thursday morning.

Dr. Howard Zucker’s hearing was pushed back several weeks from its original scheduled date, leading to calls from Republican legislators for more hearings to subpoena D.O.H. information about COVID-19 in nursing homes.

Some lawmakers say the allotted time Thursday won’t be enough to get all the answers they want.

Dr. Zucker’s testimony is slated for the earlier portion of that long list.

Also on the schedule of nearly 50 witnesses are the Greater New York Hospital Association, a group that advocated for the state’s COVID-19 legal immunity law for health care providers; as well as Bill Hammond from the Empire Center for Public Policy, the group that sued the state over nursing home records.

The hearing will be held via video conference starting at 9:30 a.m.


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