May 15, 2009

Gillibrand: Frieden the Best Pick to Lead CDC

Senator Applauds President Obama’s Pick of NYC Health Commissioner at Critical Time for Public Health, Security

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement praising President Obama's decision to nominate New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden as the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

"President Obama could not have made a better pick to lead the CDC at this critical time. Dr. Frieden has ushered in groundbreaking reforms to improve public health and safety for the citizens of New York City. During the last several weeks, he has demonstrated his effectiveness and competence in the face of a serious health crisis.

"His leadership at the frontlines in New York City will serve as a model for the solutions we can put in place to improve public health for the entire nation.

"Dr. Frieden has a critical understanding of the challenges we face. I am confident he will provide the kind of leadership we need now more than ever, and I look forward to working with him to forge the right solutions to improve public health and keep all Americans safe."