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New York State Capitol in Albany. Photo: Monika Kozak/ALM New York State Capitol in Albany. Photo: Monika Kozak/ALM

New York state’s health commissioner defended the establishment of a broad coronavirus-era immunity law for nursing homes as Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces blistering criticism over the state’s handling of those facilities during the pandemic.

New York lawmakers grilled state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker on Thursday over the pandemic response to nursing homes, which have seen thousands of their residents die from the coronavirus statewide.

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Ryan Tarinelli

Ryan Tarinelli is a reporter at the New York Law Journal. He is based at the New York State Capitol in Albany, New York. He can be reached through email at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter: @ryantarinelli.

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