By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney is recovering after a brief hospitalization on Monday following an incident during a vigil on Monday, later clarifying that she has been recovering from bronchitis.
The New York Post reported that Maloney nearly fainted while attending the vigil, which was held for the four homeless men who were killed in Chinatown over the weekend.
Maloney, 73, was escorted to a nearby bench, where a staffer pressed a bottle of Coke to the back of her neck. The Daily News reported that the Congresswoman was on the verge of blacking out and told a staffer that she felt pain and couldn’t see. A staffer from City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office called 911 and Maloney was transported to New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Spokeswoman Jennifer Bell said that the ambulance was called “out of an abundance of caution” and chalked the incident up to exhaustion. Maloney later issued the statement saying that she has been recovering from bronchitis.
“Thank you to everyone for your well wishes and concern and to the great staff, nurses and doctors at New-York Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital,” Maloney said in a statement later in the day. “This morning, I began to feel faint at a public event, and out of an abundance of caution, sought medical attention. I am recovering from bronchitis, and probably should have stayed home. After some rest and chicken soup, I am looking forward to getting back to work for the people of New York.”