The departure of Larry Schwartz, a public transit board member who became known as Cuomo’s volunteer “vaccine czar” for overseeing the state’s COVID-19 testing and vaccine rollout, followed the state Legislature’s repeals this week of three Cuomo executive orders related to the pandemic, the Times Union of Albany reported.
Schwartz’s resignation Wednesday was first reported by The New York Times.
It followed other recent departures from the Cuomo administration, including those of aides Max Orenstein, Laura Edidin, Jack Sterne, Christopher O’Brien, Caitlin Girouard, Eric Hammond, Will Burns, Kumiki Gibson and Gareth Rhodes, Stad & State NY reported.
One of the repealed executive orders had exempted high-level state government volunteers from having to comply with a two-year ban on lobbying work once they leave state government, lui die verslag.
The same order also exempted those volunteers from other ethics rules, including some transparency guidelines and rules on open meetings, public record keeping and financial disclosures, volgens die verslag.
The repeal of the governor’s ethics exemption order was led by state Sen. John Liu, a Democrat from the Queens borough of New York City who has been an outspoken critic of the governor.
Liu’s action followed reports earlier this year that Schwartz had made inquiries about county leaders’ “lojaliteit” to Cuomo, berig die koerant.
The governor has been embroiled in recent months in several scandals, including allegations of sexual misconduct from former aides and other women; accusations that his administration underreported coronavirus deaths in the state’s nursing homes; reports that he improperly had state employees work on the production of a book; and claims of a possible cover-up of structural problems with a bridge named for Cuomo’s late father.