The City of New York mourns the loss of team member Pedro Frisneda

The City of New York is grieving the sudden loss of Venezuelan American Pedro Frisneda, who passed away on April 20, 2024, at the age of 53.

Pedro Frisneda held significant roles within the city, serving as the Associate Director of Outreach at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Ethnic & Community Media and as the Deputy Press Secretary at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Mayor Eric Adams expressed condolences in a press release, stating, “Our hearts are heavy today as we remember Pedro Frisneda, a valued member of our team. He often spoke of his pride in working for the greatest city in the world, having immigrated from Venezuela. Today, our entire team mourns his passing, and we extend our prayers to his family, friends, and loved ones. May he rest in peace.”

“Pedro was a beacon of joy who tirelessly worked to connect people across languages and communities,” remarked DOHMH Commissioner Dr. Vasan. “During his tenure at the Health Department, he dedicated weekends and evenings to supporting vaccination clinics and healthcare enrollment programs, always ready to assist his colleagues in the press corps.”

Prior to his roles in the city government, Pedro Frisneda served as the Health Editor and Public Health Reporter at the Spanish-language newspaper El Diario for 15 years.

Pedro Frisneda fervently embraced New York since moving to the US from Venezuela in 1997.

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