FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 16, 2012
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION REAUTHORIZING THE CHILD FATALITY REVIEW ADVISORY TEAM AND THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT'S MANDATE REGARDING DEATHS OF HOMELESS NEW YORKERS
Remarks by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
"The first two bills before me today are Introductory Number 751-A, sponsored by Council Members Arroyo, Palma, Cabrera, Comrie, Fidler, James, Koslowitz, Mark-Viverito, Mendez, Vacca, Williams, Gonzalez, Vann, Rodriguez, Eugene, Rose, Levin, Dromm, Recchia, Chin, Koo, Van Bramer, Jackson, Ferreras, Koppell, Mealy, Barron, Crowley, and Garodnick; and Introductory Number 753-A, sponsored by Council Members Palma, Brewer, Cabrera, Chin, Comrie, Crowley, Dickens, Dromm, Fidler, James, Koslowitz, Lander, Levin, Mark-Viverito, Mendez, Vacca, Williams, Wills, Gonzalez, Vann, Rodriguez, Eugene, Rose, Arroyo, Recchia, Van Bramer, Jackson, Ferreras, Lappin, Koppell, Mealy, Barron, Garodnick, and Sanders.
These bills reauthorize and make permanent two pieces of legislation that I originally signed in 2005: Local Laws 115 and 63, respectively.
"Introductory Number 751-A extends the work of the Child Fatality Review Advisory Team, which reviews the nature and cause of child fatalities in New York City. Childhood deaths are tragic events. By continuing the work of this multiagency team, we hope to mitigate the circumstances leading to incidents of child fatalities and further advance the health, welfare, and safety of our City's children.
"Introductory Number 753-A reauthorizes the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to track and report the deaths of homeless persons in New York City. Working collaboratively with our Department of Homeless Services, DOHMH has used the information generated under this law to direct resources and enhance programs designed to improve the health of the homeless population in our City.
"I would like to thank the members of the Child Fatality Review Advisory Team, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Department of Homeless Services, the City Council, and my Office of City Legislative Affairs for their work in reauthorizing these two pieces of legislation."
Stu Loeser/Evelyn Erskine (212) 788-2958
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