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Larry Schwartz, a top aide to New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCuomo aides obscured nursing home death total for months: report The Hill's Morning Report - Biden to take stock, revive push for big government Cuomo announces all vaccination sites in New York open to walk-in appointments MORE (D), has stepped down from his role as the state’s COVID-19 vaccine czar, according to multiple reports.

The New York Times reported that his resignation was submitted on Wednesday as the state legislature voted on changes that would have required him to file financial disclosure forms and be subject to a two-year lobbying ban after work for the state.

Cuomo waived the requirements at the beginning of the pandemic so that he could get a broader range of volunteers to help the state.

He said that he initially wanted to leave his post in May when a significant portion of residents was vaccinated but resigned earlier due to the legislative changes.

“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 told The Times said in a statement. “As a lifelong resident, I take pride in helping my fellow New Yorkers.”

Schwartz was a senior adviser to Cuomo before becoming secretary to the governor in 2011, according to The New York Daily News. He left the administration in 2015 but currently serves on the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Schwartz is also the chief strategy officer at OTG, which is an airport concessions company.

Schwartz recently came under fire after The Washington Post reported that he called county officials to gauge their loyalty to Cuomo as multiple women accuse him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior, oftentimes in the workplace.

Beth Garvey, acting counsel to the governor, previously told The Hill that Schwartz called a volunteer, but “any suggestion that he acted in any way unethically or in any way other than in the best interest of the New Yorkers that he selflessly served is patently false.”

James’s office is currently investigating the misconduct allegations against Cuomo, and the governor is also the subject of an impeachment investigation amid the accusations and his handling of COVID-19 related deaths in nursing homes.

Since the accusations, several aides to Cuomo have left his administration.

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