This is great.
As New York vs. Bed Bugs reports today, the New York City Council is going to hold hearings on three bed bug bills on February 24th at 1 pm at City Hall.
Intro. 57 calls for a ban on reconditioned mattresses in New York City, and the creation of a bed bug task force.
Intro. 872 calls for disposal regulations which require people disposing of mattresses to obtain from the city a disposal bag and bed bug warning stickers.
Intro. 873 calls for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to provide training to landlords and pest control operators on bed bugs and their proper elimination; a list of PCOs so trained to be made available to the public via 311; bed bug information to be provided on the DOMHH website; and a toll-free hotline for citizens to call to report bed bug infestations and/or get information about bed bugs.
Intro. 57 was originally submitted in 2006, and there was a hearing on September 18th of that year which I know at least a few of you reading this attended. This is a NY1 article about the testimony, one from the New York Sun, and a cynical item from Gothamist.
But that was 2006, when bed bug stories were less common. Back in 2006, when you told someone you had bed bugs, you had to explain what they were.
It’s 2009 now, and The New York Sun is defunct, but bed bugs are positively thriving. While the lousy economy is cruel to newspaper producers, it’s a boon to bed bugs, who thrive when people have the least amount of money to spend in fighting or preventing them!
It’s high time we got that bed bug task force that we need even more now than we did in 2006.
You can read our posts referencing Intro. 873 here.
If you’re in New York City, please try and attend the hearing on February 24th at 1 pm. You can testify there as to what bed bugs have done to your life. You can help make this happen.
Renee of New York vs. Bed Bugs (of which I am also a founding member) promises to share details and tips on how to do so, so keep an eye on New York vs. Bed Bugs, and start with Renee’s post on Thursday’s exciting new development!