The members of the Bed Bug Advisory Board have been appointed and will meet this week.
The Mayor appointed Gil Bloom of Standard Pest Management, Richard Cooper of Cooper Pest Solutions, and Jody L. Gangloff-Kaufmann of the NY State IPM Program, Cornell University. The Speaker appointed Ray Lopez of Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service and me.
There are various city agencies that will serve on the board, including the five agencies contemplated by the legislation, the Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene, Housing Preservation and Development, Sanitation, Consumer Affairs, and Information Technology and Telecommunications; and, in addition, the Department of Youth and Community Development and the Human Resources Administration.
I look forward to the opportunity to share in the work that lies ahead to “make specific recommendations to the mayor and council for the prevention and treatment of bed bug infestations throughout the city,” in the words of the bill creating this advisory board (PDF). Please feel free to contact me via email if you have thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you, but I am also always grateful for any comments that you can make publicly as they further the public conversation about bed bugs. We will of course share with you any news of public events in connection with this process.
New York vs Bed Bugs thanks Council Member Gale Brewer and her staff for working so long and so hard for the creation of this board and the Speaker and the Mayor for creating and convening this group to help the city adopt prudent measures to achieve control of the escalating bed bug infestations in our city.
I am overwhelmingly grateful to all of you who wrote letters or made calls or who testified in support of the City Council legislation that created this board. I hope your interest and support will now be repaid with effective policies that benefit the entire city.