Gale Brewer invites bedbuggers to her annual open house

by on May 18, 2008 · 8 comments

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The annual open house at Council Member Gale Brewer’s district office will be held tonight and tomorrow night.

Gale Brewer (Manhattan 6th District) has been at the forefront of the efforts to introduce meaningful bed bug legislation in the New York City Council for the past three years. We recently had an update on those efforts.

In January of this year, as the city launched its bed bug seminars, Council Member Brewer had this to say to NY1:

“The bottom line is bed bugs must be dealt with. And they are a mental health issue if they are not a physical health issue,” said City Councilwoman Gale Brewer. “New Yorkers really need to know their government is behind them in trying to get rid of bedbugs.”

My own theory for why these efforts have not yet yielded control measures that are appropriate to the high levels of infestation in New York City is that the stigma of bed bugs prevents many New Yorkers from voicing their concerns, asking for help and supporting the legislative proposals.

Or could it be that there aren’t enough bed bugs in New York City!? Is there or isn’t there an epidemic? Will you come to the open house to meet Council Member Brewer and tell her what you think?

Thanks to Crawledon for the open house info!


Sunday, May 18, 4-7PM & Monday, May 19, 5:30-8:30 PM

Council Member Gale A. Brewer’s District Office at 563 Columbus Ave. (at 87th St.)


Details via Manhattan Community Board No. 4 news.

1 Crawledon May 18, 2008 at 1:51 pm

I’m going. Anyone else? Hey, they’re serving refreshments! Come on NYers, here’s our chance to do something…

2 Winston O. Buggy May 19, 2008 at 9:41 am

Actually I believe the problem in having a NYC driven initiative is because of the myriad of agencies which have to be involved. HPD,Health,Sanitation, DCAS, Homeless Services,Education,APS just to mention a few. In addition with the exception of further restricting pesticides (as NYC LL37 has done on their properties, to the joy of bed bugs) much is regulated by NYSDEC. And of course their is no really great strategy which is close to 98% effective especially since so much is in the hands of those with the bed bugs such as preparation , sanitation and vigilance.

3 Crawledon May 19, 2008 at 1:58 pm

Although I understand your cynicism, failing to confront the difficulties in coordinating these agencies certainly won’t get us anywhere and just folding our tent cannot be an option.

So, for our common goal of controlling the spread of bed bugs, all of these agencies just have to learn to work together along with entomologists, pest control experts, a tenant representative, a lawyer, etc.

Children learn to share and play with others in the playground, surely an assembled task force comprised of adults can work together and focus on a common goal.

4 J wade September 7, 2008 at 11:06 am

Bedbugs are very overwelming and have definately caused a significant amount of emotional stress in my life recently. They are in my building at 200 west 113 street and in my apt. I had to relocate and have had to treat every item that I own as a potential area where bedbugs may live. It has been timely and exhausting. The landlords have even decided to file eviction notices for the time that I have been displaced/ constructively evicted from the residence due to the bedbugs. I am hopeful that there is a solution to eliminate the bedbug problem that haunts so many apt dwellings in NYC and causes loss of sleep.

5 nobugsonme September 8, 2008 at 12:22 am

J wade,

I hope you are not evicted for having temporarily fled your home due to bed bugs.

6 Jay P March 12, 2009 at 5:16 pm

It is now March 2009…..nothing but talking.

7 Jay P March 12, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Secondly, it is not cynicism….it’s reality.

8 nobugsonme March 12, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Jay P,

Do you mean the city is doing nothing but talking?

Well, it has taken them a lot of time, but yesterday, the city council passed a bill to create a bed bug advisory board to study the problem and make recommendations.

It might seem like “nothing but talk” but actually, it is HUGE progress, and paves the way for action.

See this post:

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