Woman faints at outdoor Woodside news event

By Christina Santucci

It took emergency responders far less time to respond to a call about a woman fainting at a steamy news conference in Woodside Monday than it had for an ambulance to arrive at one in Brooklyn where an intern collapsed last week.

At a 10 a.m. event in front of the Woodside Houses, a resident named Nadira Elamin fell to the ground as fellow tenants complained about issues at the housing complex. A spokesman for Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), who was holding the news conference along with U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), called 911 at 10:39 a.m. as Elamin was fanned and given a cool drink.

In less than three minutes, a fire truck pulled up and about two minutes later, an ambulance arrived at the corner of 51st Street and Broadway. At that point, Elamin had gotten up and gone back inside the complex with the assistance of neighbors, and Crowley walked over to both vehicles to let responders know that the woman was alright.

On July 16, it took more than 30 minutes for emergency responders to reach the scene after an 18-year-old intern fainted at a news conference organized by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) in Brooklyn.

Reach managing editor Christina Santucci by e-mail at timesledgerphotos@gmail.com or by phone at 718-260-4589.

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