- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s top health official may soon get to take the word ‘acting’ out of his title.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced his nomination of Howard Zucker to be the state health commissioner. Zucker is a pediatric cardiologist who has led the state’s health department on an acting basis since former Commissioner Nirav Shah stepped down in June.

The appointment must be confirmed by the state Senate.

Cuomo has announced 58 appointments for his second term so far this week.

On Tuesday he also announced that he had tapped former New York City Comptroller William Thompson to chair the state’s Housing Finance Agency and nominated former U.S. Rep. Floyd Flake to serve on the state’s Public Service Commission.

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