Dr. Howard A. Zucker, the New York State health commissioner, has submitted his resignation, following political pressure for his removal over his role in the state’s pandemic response under former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
Gov. Kathy Hochul, who announced Dr. Zucker’s resignation on Thursday, said that she agreed with his decision and that he would “stay on board” until she found a replacement.
Dr. Zucker, whom Mr. Cuomo appointed to the position in 2015, came under fire for his potential involvement in helping obscure the death toll of the coronavirus in nursing homes and withholding health data from the Legislature last year.
Following Mr. Cuomo’s resignation last month, Ms. Hochul came under pressure from Republicans, and even some Democrats, to dismiss Dr. Zucker. Urging patience, Ms. Hochul had said she would take up to 45 days, or until early October, to decide whether to retain Dr. Zucker and other cabinet officials from the Cuomo era.