Investigation of Emergency Response Delay at Lower East Side Senior Center Continues

July 2, 2009

On July 2, 2009, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh joined Grand Street Settlement’s Executive Director Margarita Rosa, Nick Teo of the Police Department’s 7th Precinct, Mayor Bloomberg’s representative Terry-Ann Davis, community advocates, and representatives of other Lower East Side elected officials to address the May 21st incident at Grand Street Senior Center when several calls to 911 for medical help were not properly answered.

As reported by the Downtown Express, a 64-year-old member of Grand Street’s senior center suffered a medical emergency and it took three calls to 911 in a span of twenty minutes before rescue workers arrived on the scene. Assemblymember Kavanagh and State Senator Daniel Squadron organized the meeting to request an explanation from the City and to prevent similar lapses in the future. At Kavanagh’s request, the City agreed to provide a timeline of the May 21st calls and the steps taken to respond, as well as information regarding emergency services and response times on the Lower East Side and how these compares to those experienced in other neighborhoods.