All NYC residents, please call your Assemblypersons to urge passage of Councilman Gianaris’ bedbug notification bill. See below the misinformation quoted by Ms. Feinberg.
By Nathan Duke
Margie Feinberg, spokeswoman for the Education Department, said bedbugs do not live in schools but are brought in on students’ clothing. She said the city Health Department requires specimens to be collected in a Ziploc bag.
Gianaris said citywide bedbug infestations have nearly doubled in the past three months, increasing from 34 cases at 24 schools to 72 cases at 43 schools. He said the insect has especially been a nuisance in his district but did not know how many cases had been reported.
“For some reason, bedbugs have hit western Queens schools particularly hard,” he said. “My plan begins our effort to fight back.”
He said his bill is now on the floor of the Assembly and will be put up for a vote in early May. He said he expects the bill to pass.