State health officials can see from the data that a large number of residents died after being transferred to the hospital. Two people familiar with the matter said the state’s health commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, realized as early as June that officials in the department believed the data was sufficient to be included in the report.
However, Dr. Zack testified to lawmakers in early August that the department was still reviewing these figures and could not release them. State Senator Gustavo Rivera (Gustavo Rivera), chairman of the health committee, recommended at the hearing to keep the data to improve the image of the governor.
In a statement issued on Thursday, Health Ministry spokesperson Gary Holmes agreed with Ms. Garvey that the number was ready for the report and said that they would not change it anyway. in conclusion.
Dr. Eleanor Adams is the head of the report in the Ministry of Health, but her draft has been substantially rewritten by Mr. Malatlas (now the President of the State University of New York System). He is one of many officials and former advisers temporarily recruited by Mr. Cuomo to help respond to the pandemic.
According to two people familiar with the discussion, this back and forth movement goes far beyond the usual procedure of the governor’s office recommending the editing of agency reports and sometimes even becomes “strong”.
Health officials felt that the governor’s office, where Mr. Malatlas expressed his opinion, wanted to simplify too much. They worry that this is no longer a true scientific report, but worry that their work will not proceed.