New York City’s Bed Bug Advisory Board finally ready to roll

by nobugsonme on September 14, 2009 · 7 comments

in bed bugs, new york city

We are so glad to hear New York’s Bed Bug Advisory Board has finally been filled with appointees, and they will be meeting this week.

The Mayor’s Appointees are:

Speaker’s appointees:

The board will also contain a slew of representatives of various city agencies.

The board’s charge, Renee Corea reminds us, is to

“make specific recommendations to the mayor and council for the prevention and treatment of bed bug infestations throughout the city,” in the words of the bill creating this advisory board (click to download Word doc here).

Now, finally, some of people who are best able to make those recommendations, are going to be given a chance to do so.

The Board’s roster is fabulous!

We wish them well and hope they’re able to give all of us in New York City some serious help with the bed bug problem.

And soon, please!

1 cilecto September 14, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Where’s Lou Bugs?
Where’s Killer Queen?
Where’s “Jason1”? (OK, scratch the last one)

Seriously, I would like to see representation from:
– the real estate industry. BB affect their bottom line and as residents, we need them on board with the solution
– the health industry. Medical facilities, care workers and the frail are vulnerable.

To Renee and all of you. May the force be with you.

2 cilecto September 14, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Oh, cool. Ray Lopez is from the care giver community. 🙂

3 nobugsonme September 14, 2009 at 7:05 pm

cilecto —

Lou Sorkin, Ph.D., of the American Museum of Natural History is an entomologist who has helped so many people with bed bugs, and would have made an excellent choice!

KillerQueen too — though I note those from the pest industry chosen (Cooper and Bloom) are certified entomologists and have been in the industry longer and have a higher profile in the pest world, and this may have been attractive to the Mayor. I am just speculating on that.

There are only three mayoral and two Speaker’s appointees. The board could certainly have been staffed by others from the real estate or health worlds, though both Corea and Lopez have real world experience of bed bugs and a good understanding of what sufferers are going through.

I also note that from the perspective of those on the board, more people can be more difficult to manage in terms of coming to decisions and getting work done. All the city agencies represented mean the board actually has much more than five (not sure of exact numbers or who is representing each agency).

4 sisterfaith September 14, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Fantastic news!
I’m happy to hear Renee Corea is a member of the board. I had the pleasure of an encounter with Renee on the NY vs Bedbugs site. She was extremely helpful, insightful, knowledgeable and encouraging. She mentioned the pending NY advisory board and also mentioned that’s nobugsonme had a large part in getting it started…so cudo’s to you nobugs!
I look forward to hearing what the new board comes up with.

5 nobugsonme September 14, 2009 at 7:11 pm

Thanks sisterfaith,

Renee is very knowledgeable and helpful as you note.

The people who founded the New York vs. Bed Bugs group because they had suffered from bed bugs encountered one another on the Bedbugger forums. Some still are active on the forums. I am happy to be involved in the group.

6 James Buggles September 21, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Congratulations to Renee and the other appointees. Clearly, blogs can make a difference.

7 JP McHale Pest Management Inc. September 23, 2009 at 4:09 pm

It’s great to see this happen. Hopefully they will be able to educate and inform people about how bed bugs are a rising issue in America.

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