News Release


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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
Telephone:  (845) 486-2000
, FAX: (845) 486-2021,

September 20, 2001


County Health Department To Send Staff To Help In NYC Effort

Dutchess County Executive, William R. Steinhaus announced today that the Dutchess County Department of Health will be providing Public Health Sanitarians to support the rescue and recovery effort continuing in New York City.   Beginning on Saturday, September 22nd three Sanitarians from the Department’s Environmental Health Services Division staff will be joining other professional public health personnel from Long Island and several downstate County Health Departments to assist in conducting food service inspections in lower Manhattan.  Dutchess has committed to providing three Sanitarians to work in Manhattan through October 2nd on a three days on/three days off schedule.

The decision to assist in the New York City disaster relief effort came after the New York City Health Department put out a request for the assistance of trained Public Health Sanitarians early this week.  The New York State Department of Health contacted local health departments in the metropolitan region on September 17th.  Dutchess responded to a call from the State’s Center for Environmental Health with a commitment the next day when the first three Sanitarians volunteered.   The duty in lower Manhattan involves working round-the-clock in two 12-hour shifts to assure that the food service operations and sanitary facilities provided to rescue workers are safe and public health standards.  Work shifts will alternate between 7 am - 7 pm and 7 pm - 7am.  The New York State Department of Health is also sending Sanitarians to the City.

County Executive Steinhaus said, “More than ever before in our recent history this is a time for Americans to help and support each other wherever and whenever possible.  We are all neighbors and this commitment on the part of these individuals and Dutchess County government continues our tradition of volunteerism and dedication to the community.  I am pleased that we can help and proud of our staff.”

Commissioner of Health, Dr. Michael C. Caldwell echoed the County Executive’s sentiments and added, “This monumental disaster has impacted the public health infrastructure.  Our Department and staff are eager to help in whatever way we can.  We are most fortunate to have such a highly skilled and dedicated complement of health professionals in Dutchess County.  I’m certain they will give their all.”

County Executive Steinhaus added that Dutchess County will continue to evaluate its level of commitment if increased assistance is necessary in the future.          


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