New York Governor Andrew Cuomo listens to speakers at a vaccination site on March 8, 2021 in New York.
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Larry Schwartz, head of vaccine rollout in New York and a longtime adviser to Governor Andrew Cuomo, has called several district officials in recent weeks in an attempt to rally their support for the governor as he grapples with an ongoing investigation into sexual harassment, The Washington Post on Sunday citing multiple officials.
A district official, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation by the Cuomo government, told The Post that they had filed a notice with the prosecution’s public integrity unit on Friday for a possible ethical violation by Cuomo’s office.
Schwartz, a former top governor assistant who returned as an unpaid adviser to lead the state’s vaccine distribution, is in regular contact with local officials to discuss vaccine planning and distribution.
However, his calls to officials in recent weeks about their loyalty to the governor raised concerns that the governor’s political situation and their response to it could disrupt the state’s vaccination or result in favoritism-based vaccine decisions.