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NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- A walkout ceremony will be held Monday at the Department of Health in Long Island City for Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi.

Monday is his final day on the job.

Dr. Chokshi has been leading New York City's response to the pandemic since August of 2020.

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In an interview with Eyewitness News anchor Bill Ritter, the outgoing commissioner reflected on the toll the pandemic has taken on all of us.

"The stress and the grief and the trauma that everyone has gone through in their own ways so it's hard not to get emotional when you think about all those effects and the loss that so many people have experienced," Dr. Chokshi said.

You can watch Bill Ritter's entire interview with Dr. Chokshi on this weekend's edition of 'Up Close.'

Dr. Ashwin Vasan will take over as the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner after previously serving as Adams' Senior Advisor for Public Health.

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SEE IT: DC buses reserve seat for Rosa Parks Day

Buses across Washington, D.C.'s metro system are reserving a seat Thursday in honor of Rosa Parks.

Dec. 1 is Rosa Parks Day, the 67th anniversary of when the civil rights leader refused to leave her seat to make room for white passengers on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Parks was famously arrested for violating the state's segregation laws, which sparked a nationwide boycott of buses.

The actual bus Parks rode on will be on display at the Anacostia Metro Station for tours.


It’s Rosa Parks Day! Join us at Anacostia Station today (12/1) until 12 pm. We’ve extended the time for you to view and capture our 1957 GMC bus dedicated to Rosa Parks. #wmata #yourmetro

— Metro (@wmata) December 1, 2022

Join us tomorrow (12/1) on #RosaParksDay at Anacostia Metro Station between 7:30 am - 10:00 am for an opportunity to see and explore The Rosa Parks Bus.

Bonus: Every ???? bus in our system will have a reserved seat in honor of Rosa Parks. #wmata #yourmetro

— Metro (@wmata) December 1, 2022


Parks died at the age of 92 in 2005. At the time of her death, buses in Montgomery and Detroit, Michigan, reserved seats on their buses with black ribbons in mourning.

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