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Nominee for Health Commissioner Loses Vital Backing


New York Times (01/19/90), P. B1

Two major gay-rights groups and the AIDS expert who nominated Dr. Woodrow A. Myers Jr. to be New York City's new health commissioner yesterday withdrew their support for the candidate. The Lambda Legal Defense Fund and the Gay Men's Health Crisis said they could no longer support the candidate because of concerns about his AIDS policies. In addition, Dr. Mathilde Krim withdrew her recommendation of Myers, saying statements attributed to him "contradict previous assurances given me and other members of Mayor Dinkins's search and transition committees." The gay-rights groups said an article in yesterday's New York Post suggested Myers would consider compiling a list of people with HIV infection and quarantining them in some circumstances. The article is "a complete distortion" of his views, a Myers spokesman said. Dinkins, who has said he would not likely appoint a health commissioner whom Krim opposed, said yesterday the final decision would be his alone. Dinkins appears to face a split on the issue along racial lines among his advisers.


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