Nadler Feeling 'Much Better' After Falling Ill During NYC News Conference

May 24, 2019 - 12:33 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler appeared to have fallen ill during a press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio at an Upper West Side school Friday.

The 71-year-old Democrat delivered remarks at the event about the expansion of speed cameras in school zones. He was sitting next to the mayor at the P.S. 199 gymnasium when suddenly his head went down to the table. He looked pale and wan for a couple of minutes, WCBS 880's Rich Lamb reported.

The mayor turned to him, put his hand on Nadler's shoulder and asked if he was OK. When the congressman did not respond, the mayor shook him a little and kept asking if he was OK before finally Nadler came up. But as the mayor put it, "He wasn't his normal self."

He offered Nadler a sip of Gatorade from his stainless steel bottle and that appeared to help.

"It seemed like just getting a little bit of sugar in his system really helped him right away," de Blasio said.

Medical personnel in the audience quickly attended to him and an ambulance arrived outside the school on West 70th Street.

The incident startled audience members, who were unsure what was happening or the severity of his condition.

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Nadler appeared alert again a short time later, drinking water on his own and eating an orange.

The congressman was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation.

Nadler later issued a tweet saying, "Appreciate everyone's concern. Was very warm in the room this morning, was obviously dehydrated and felt a bit ill. Glad to receive fluids and am feeling much better. Thank you for your thoughts."