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Larry Schwartz in New York on March 30. Photo: John Lamparski/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Larry Schwartz, a close adviser to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) charged with overseeing the state's COVID-19 vaccine rollout, resigned Wednesday, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Although Schwartz said he originally expected to leave the role in mid-May, his early departure coincides with a state legislature rule change that would have required financial disclosures and a two-year lobbying ban, the Times notes.

  • Schwartz's resignation also follows other high-level exits amid investigations into alleged attempts by senior Cuomo aides to keep data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths from the public.
  • He had taken on the role of New York's vaccine czar as an unpaid volunteer, the Times reports. Schwartz is required to file financial disclosure forms through his board position with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Flashback: Schwartz allegedly called county officials seeking support for Cuomo amid mounting sexual misconduct accusations earlier this year, per multiple reports. Schwartz and Cuomo's office denied the claims.

  • New York Attorney General Letitia James, also a Democrat, has been looking into Schwartz’s phone calls with county officials, per the Times.

What he's saying: “At the request of Governor Cuomo, I returned to public service over a year ago as a volunteer to help in the battle against Covid,” Schwartz said in a statement, per the Times.

  • “As a lifelong resident, I take pride in helping my fellow New Yorkers.”

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Nursing homes' vaccine challenge

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It's becoming more urgent to vaccinate the staff that care for vulnerable nursing home patients. But the industry, which has been plagued with workforce issues, faces a major challenge when it comes to mandating shots, the New York Times reports.

By the numbers: Nursing homes had seen major drops in infections after becoming one of the major hotspots for cases and deaths earlier on in the pandemic. But those numbers have reversed in recent weeks, CDC data shows.

Cuomo says he'll cooperate with impeachment investigation

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office on Thursday said it would cooperate with the state Assembly's request for evidence as part of its impeachment investigation, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Cuomo has denied the findings of an independent report from the New York Attorney General investigating sexual harassment allegations against him.

Aug 6, 2021 - Health

Florida to offer school vouchers in cases of "COVID-19 harassment"

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Florida's Board of Education on Friday unanimously approved an emergency rule that will allow parents to obtain vouchers to move their children to another school if they perceive any type of "COVID-19 harassment" against their child as related to mask or testing mandates, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Why it matters: Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has been vocal about giving parents the right to choose whether their children wear masks in schools. The rule was crafted by his administration after he pushed the state's education department to discourage school districts from enforcing mask mandates.