Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Queens street vendors, businesses compete for customers
Queens street vendors, businesses compete for customers
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 8/26/2013 at 10:15AM

While a bill that would regulate the number of mobile street vendors still sits in the state Senate, businesses remain frustrated as they continue to battle to keep their customers. For the past few years, businesses said they have seen mobile street vendors growing to a point where pedestrians can find a handful on one [...]

City agrees to reduce restaurant fines
City agrees to reduce restaurant fines
Top Stories Liam La Guerre 8/20/2013 at 12:04PM

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a deal to reduce restaurant fines that may make the grade with owners. The City Council and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) said the joint agreement will reduce fines generated by violations of the city’s inspection system by $10 million per year. “Restaurant letter grading was [...]

Bellerose residents demand mosquito help after years with no West Nile spraying
Bellerose residents demand mosquito help after years with no West Nile spraying
Northeast Melissa Chan 7/29/2013 at 1:33PM

Bellerose residents say they live in a forgotten land when it comes to the city’s efforts to eliminate mosquitoes. “You can’t go outside. You can’t make it from your car to your front door,” said Maria Donza. The bloodsuckers are keeping residents on house arrest and even alert indoors, said Donza, who added she sits [...]

EXCLUSIVE: Many Queens day care centers operating illegally
EXCLUSIVE: Many Queens day care centers operating illegally
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 2/28/2013 at 11:32AM

A little known law may be keeping some Queens day care centers from operating legally, The Courier has learned. Permits from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), a certificate of occupancy from the Department of Buildings and a fire inspection pass are needed for city child care providers who fall under certain categories. [...]

Mold spawns health concerns in Sandy flood zone
Mold spawns health concerns in Sandy flood zone
Health Alexa Altman 11/28/2012 at 9:37AM

Homes that withstood Sandy’s rushing water and brutal winds may now be susceptible to another hazard — mold. According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) flood-damaged homes may have already seen extensive mold growth located under floor tiles, wallpaper and carpeting. The Department of Buildings (DOB) has plans to raze roughly 200 [...]

Many divided over Plan B availability in schools
Many divided over Plan B availability in schools
Central Cristabelle Tumola 9/26/2012 at 9:34AM

Though Plan B, also known as the “morning-after” pill, has been dispensed at select New York City high schools since January 2011, its availability was not widely reported until recently. The pilot program, which also provides birth control to students, started with five schools then expanded to nine more at the start of the 2011-2012 [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Cristabelle Tumola 9/07/2012 at 7:32AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Friday: Partly cloudy. High of 84. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 73. Winds from the South at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%. EVENT of the DAY: First Fridays, Summer in the Garden The Noguchi Museum continues its [...]

Biz owners blast sweetened beverage ban
Biz owners blast sweetened beverage ban
News Liam La Guerre 7/23/2012 at 1:30PM

Is it the new Prohibition? Queens business owners are against Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban of large sweetened beverages, reasoning that it would put a cap on their rights and water down sales. Proprietors told Councilmember Julissa Ferreras this as she scanned four businesses near her East Elmhurst office, engaging them about the ban’s potential [...]