The Queens Gazette reports today that Assembly Member Gianaris’s bed bug legislation is out of the Assembly Education Committee, and thus closer to being in effect. This is a follow-up on an issue we’ve been following for a long time.
Legislation by Assemblymember Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) requiring notice of bedbug infestations to all parents at an affected school took a step towards becoming a law last week when it was reported favorably from the Assembly Education Committee. The Gianaris proposal would require the city Department of Education to institute a mandatory policy notifying all parents whose children attend a bedbuginfested school of the infestation and providing them with prevention information.
“Today, we are one step closer to restoring some sanity to this school health policy,” Gianaris said. “Knowledge is our best weapon to keep the bedbug problem in our schools from spreading further and this legislation would provide crucial information to concerned parents.”
Since some believe that NYC’s bed bug epidemic started in Astoria, it makes sense that an Astoria politician would be the one to get behind such legislation, though bed bugs in schools are a problem citywide, as the article states. And don’t kid yourself: the Upper East Side is among neighborhoods where Bedbuggers report a lot of infestations. One reader swaps bed bug stories at parties with her tony UES neighbors. Bed bugs can go to school with a rich kid or a rich school Head just as easily as they can creep into humbler institutions. So if you think posh private schools aren’t also housing bed bugs, think again. Let’s hope they have their own protocols already in place.
What newspapers are saying about bed bugs is getting smarter too. The Queens Gazette article closed with the following:
In recent years, bedbugs have become a much larger problem throughout New York City, affecting not just school communities. They reproduce rapidly and are easily transferable from one person to another. Once a bedbug is found, it should be dealt with immediately to prevent further infestation.