Dr. Nirav Shah, state health commissioner, resigns

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Dr. Nirav Shah, commissioner of the New York

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Dr. Nirav Shah, commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, testifies during a joint legislative budget hearing on health and Medicaid on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Albany. (Credit: AP)

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's health commissioner, the focus of criticism after three years of indecision over whether to authorize natural gas drilling, is resigning.

The resignation of Dr. Nirav Shah, health commissioner since 2011, also follows the release of documents showing the Health Department failed to inspect some abortion clinics for years. The documents stemmed from a lawsuit...

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