Toxic Mold Task Force Established

The Department of Health and the Department of State are pleased to announce that the New York State Toxic Mold Task Force has now been established and will be having its first meeting. We have designated Dr. Nancy Kim of the Health Department and Mr. Thomas Mahar of the Department of State to lead the Task Force. The Task Force members are:

  • Dr. Nancy Kim, Interim Director, Center for Environmental Health, New York State Department of Health
  • Mr. Thomas Mahar, Assistant Director, Division of Code Enforcement and Administration, New York State Department of State
  • Dr. Susan Anagnost, Associate Professor, DCMWPE, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Mr. Terry Brennan, President, Camroden Associates, Inc.
  • Dr. Ginger Chew, Assistant Professor, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • Mr. Christopher D'Andrea, Research Scientist, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Mr. Robert Denz, Director of Environmental Health Services, Broome County Health Department
  • Ms. Melanie Desiderio, Assistant Director of Environmental Health, Erie County Department of Health
  • Mr. Eric Faisst, Public Health Director, Madison County Health Department
  • Dr. John Haines, Emeritus Scientist, New York State Museum
  • Dr. Meyer Kattan, Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center
  • Dr. Joseph Laquatra, Hazel E Reed Human Ecology Extension, Professor in Family Policy, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University
  • Dr. James Melius, Administrator, NYS Laborers' Health and Safety Trust Fund.
  • Dr. Jianshun Zhang, Professor and Director, Energy and Indoor Environmental Systems, Syracuse University

The first meeting of the Task Force will be on Tuesday, December 4, 2007 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the Boardroom of the New York State Nurse's Association Headquarters office, 11 Cornell Rd, Latham.

The Toxic Mold Task Force was created in 2005 under Title 11-A of Public Health Law, Section 1384. The Task Force will be preparing a report to the governor and the legislature that assesses the current body of knowledge on toxic mold, provides the status of toxic mold in the state, and assesses the feasibility of any further actions to be taken by the legislature or state agencies, as required by the law.