Former State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard Daines Dies

By Ben Fractenberg on February 28, 2011 1:25pm 

Former state health commissioner Dr. Richard Daines passed away on Feb. 26.
Former state health commissioner Dr. Richard Daines passed away on Feb. 26.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — Former New York State health commissioner Richard Daines has passed away, Mayor Bloomberg announced Monday.

Daines, 60, was on his farm upstate and it is believed that he had a heart attack, Bloomberg added. Daines was found in his barn on Saturday where he had been taking down Christmas decorations, The New York Times reported.

"He wad a really quality guy that I thought really had the public's best interest at heart," Bloomberg told reporters at an unrelated press conference in Brooklyn.

The former commissioner was appointed by ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and served in the position from 2007 through 2010.

He oversaw the failed attempt to institute a soda tax and helped develop a health policy for deal with the 2009 swine flu outbreak in New York.


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