Jerry Nadler Is Taken to Hospital After Fainting at News Conference

Mr. Nadler, the House Judiciary Chairman, was seated inside a school gymnasium in Manhattan when his head slumped.

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Representative Jerrold Nadler receiving medical attention after fainting on Friday in Manhattan.CreditCreditJeffery C. Mays
Jeffery C. Mays

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Representative Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, was taken to a hospital after apparently fainting during a news conference on Friday in Manhattan.

Mr. Nadler, 71, was seated at a table in a gymnasium at Public School 199 on the Upper West Side, where Mayor Bill de Blasio was heralding the expansion of New York City’s speed camera program.

Thirty minutes after Mr. Nadler, a Democrat, made brief remarks, his head appeared to slump. Three medical professionals attended to Mr. Nadler, and Mr. de Blasio helped Mr. Nadler to drink some Gatorade from the mayor’s metal water bottle. A fan was turned on, and the gymnasium was cleared.

Mr. Nadler appeared to be recovering, but was taken away by a Lenox Hill Hospital ambulance around 12:45 p.m. A short time later, he posted on Twitter that he was “obviously dehydrated and felt a bit ill.”

A spokesman for Mr. Nadler, Daniel Schwarz, said the congressman did not lose consciousness. “He is responsive, getting fluids and receiving a checkup,” he said.

He had struggled with obesity for decades until undergoing stomach-reduction surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan in 2002.

J. David Goodman contributed reporting.

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