Thomas Farley


New Health Commissioner's Tale of Two Beverages

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Under Mayor de Blasio's new health commissioner, soda is still OUT. So what else is new? Listening to people, instead of dictating.



Anti-Tobacco Experts Spar Over E-Cigarettes

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Everyone who works in public health opposes smoking — but that doesn't mean they all agree about 'vaping.'

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On Health, De Blasio Signals Continuity With Bloomberg

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Dr. Mary T. Basset is the new commissioner of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Rose Pierre-Louis will lead the Office to Combat Domestic Violence.



Health Survey Aims to Take Pulse of NYC

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Between now and the end of the year, the city is conducting one of the nation's most extensive surveys of urban health.



New York City Sees Decline in Obesity Rate for Kids

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The obesity epidemic may be reversing course. A new report shows the obesity rates of school age children living in several major cities has dropped.

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Painkiller Prescriptions Climbing Steadily in NYC

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Prescriptions for painkillers are increasing dramatically in New York City, according to the Health Department. More than 2 million prescriptions for drugs like Oxycontin and Vicodin were filled by city residents in 2010, up 22 percent from 2008.

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Not Enough Primary Care Doctors in Poor Neighborhoods: Report

Monday, December 05, 2011

Hundreds of thousands of uninsured New Yorkers may get health coverage in the coming years, as federal health care reform takes effect. But city health officials are concerned there might not be enough doctors, nurses, clinics and private practices to see the newly insured.

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Transportation Nation

NYC Health Commissioner: Urban Design is a Public Health Issue

Friday, November 19, 2010

(New York, NY -- Jim O'Grady, WNYC)  New York City's Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, was the keynoter at the Transportation Alternatives Speeding Summit today, pledging a major new public health emphasis on urban design.

"After quitting smoking, there's probably no behavior that promotes health more than regular physical activity," Farley said. "Okay, that's great. So what are we going to do about that? To me, the answer to that is thoughtful urban design and transportation infrastructure. "

Though the NYC Health Department last summer released a report saying 25 children's lives are saved a year because fewer New York City children ride in cars than in other cities, most of New York's traffic safety campaign has rested on the shoulders of NYC DOT, and its commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan.

It's Sadik-Khan who's taken fire from protesters, like Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and more recently, some orthodox Jews in Brooklyn's Borough Park.  But Farley signaled that with a report coming out Monday on traffic injuries and urban design, he'll join Sadik-Khan in promoting public health benefits of slower driving speeds and more pedestrian-friendly environments.

Farley also said he would send staff to community board meetings to explain the safety benefits of bike lanes.

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