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Rep. Carolyn Maloney hospitalized after nearly fainting at New York vigil

New York Democrat says she is recovering from bronchitis

New York Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney was hospitalized after nearly fainting at a vigil in New York. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New York Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney was hospitalized Monday after she came close to fainting during a public event in Manhattan. 

The longtime Democratic congresswoman had joined homeless advocates at a vigil for four men beaten to death in Chinatown over the weekend. The 73-year-old was speaking to reporters in Chinatown when she began to faint.

Aides and others at the vigil escorted Maloney to a park bench and a local television reporter called 911.

A Maloney spokeswoman said she is expected to be discharged from New-York Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital later Monday, adding that the ambulance was called “out of an abundance of caution.” 

“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,” Maloney in a statement issued later Monday. 

Maloney canceled her appearance at an event Monday afternoon at New York’s City Hall, where she and other members of the New York delegation were set to announce legislation cracking down on helicopter tourism in the city. 

She tweeted that she expects to appear at a roundtable discussion Tuesday in New York on the reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. 

Dean DeChairo contributed to this report.

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