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Report: Cuomo vaccine czar Schwartz resigns

FILE- In this March 3, 2010 file photo, Larry Schwartz listens to a news conference at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Photo: (AP Photo/Mike Groll). FILE- In this March 3, 2010 file photo, Larry Schwartz listens to a news conference at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y.

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Updated: April 30, 2021 10:57 AM
Created: April 30, 2021 10:44 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC)— A longtime adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo leading the state's COVID-19 vaccine rollout has submitted his resignation, according to the New York Times.

The Times reports Larry Schwartz is stepping down, and it comes just after legislators made changes that restored rules that would require Schwartz to disclose financial forms and put a ban on lobbying for two years after his service.

The rules had been temporarily waived at the beginning of the pandemic to draw in more volunteers, like Schwartz. 

Schwartz was involved in some controversy surrounding the vaccine back in March, as reports surfaced that he called county executives to gauge their loyalty to the Democratic governor amid a sexual harassment investigation.

One Democratic county executive, who was not named by the newspapers, was so disturbed by the call that the executive filed a notice of an impending ethics complaint with the public integrity unit of the state attorney general's office on Friday, the newspapers reported.

Locally, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello said Schwartz called him but says he did not feel any pressure, and that vaccines were never brought up.

The Times reports Schwartz planned to step down in May originally, but the legislative decision sped things up.


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