Mayor Michael Bloomberg (c.) at a news conference announcing city life expectancy rates. He is joined by Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs (l.) and city Health Commissioner Thomas Farley (r.). Photo courtesy Michael Bloomberg
By Karen Frantz
Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday that life expectancy for New Yorkers is at an all-time high, outpacing life expectancy gains made in the rest of the country.
Bloomberg attributed the development to city policies and initiatives aimed at promoting better health, such as smoking prevention programs and expanded HIV testing and treatment, at a news conference at the city Health Department headquarters in Long Island City.
“Our willingness to invest in health care and bold interventions is paying off in improved health outcomes, decreased infant mortality and increased life expectancy,” Bloomberg said at the headquarters, at 42-09 28th St.
Babies born in the city in 2010 have an estimated