NY health commish to exit for California job

April 14, 2014 Updated Apr 14, 2014 at 8:43 AM EDT

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April 14, 2014 Updated Apr 14, 2014 at 8:43 AM EDT

The Buffalo native who has served as the New York State Health Commissioner under Gov. Andrew Cuomo is exiting for a job in California.

Nirav Shah is said to be leaving his post in Albany to work for the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. Shah will be the vice president and chief operating officer for clinical operations in Southern California.

His departure is expected at the end of June and he will be replaced by first deputy commissioner Howard Zucker.

Word of his exit came Wednesday just hours after Cuomo's Republican challenger for governor, Rob Astorino, called on Shah to resign his post for failing to act on a study of hydrofracking, or natural gas drilling.

Shah was nominated by Cuomo in 2011, and at 38 was the youngest appointee to the health commissioner's job.

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