**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE **
PRESS RELEASE FOR: August, 4th, 2020
Contact: Winthrop Roosevelt 917-842-5748 // [email protected]
New York - In response to the resignation of New York Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot over the de Blasio Administration’s handling of the city’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, City Council Health Committee Chair Mark Levine issued the following statement:
“The departure of Dr. Oxiris Barbot as New York City’s Health Commissioner is a grave blow to the fight for public health here. Dr. Barbot has stood up fearlessly and consistently on behalf of science, no matter how strong the opposition. Her loss is a major setback in our fight against this pandemic.
“Public health leaders from Washington to New York City have come under intense attack during this crisis--especially when what science tells us has not been politically popular. It is critical that New York City’s health department remains independent of political interference, and that it be free to pursue policy based on data and expertise. I fear that Dr. Barbot’s departure makes that less likely.
“New York City is fortunate to have had a leader of the caliber of Dr. Barbot at the helm of the health department during the first 6 months of this crisis. I have been honored to work with her, and wish her much success.”