Lynbrook Mayor William Hendrick was in the intensive care unit at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside on Tuesday, after suffering a suspected heart attack.
According to Damian Becker, a spokesman for the hospital, Hendrick was in critical but stable condition. Becker said he could not provide any more details, because that would violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which keeps health issues confidential.
Hendrick attended a meeting of the Lynbrook Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors at Atria Tanglewood, on Ocean Avenue, Tuesday morning. According to chamber President Carol Burak, he excused himself at around 9:22 a.m.
Burak said that Hendrick appeared normal at the meeting, but had to leave to get to court. He is an attorney for the Town of Hempstead.
“Maybe five minutes later, we all dispersed,” Burak said, “and I was told, ‘We have to redirect you out a different way, because there’s been an emergency in the lobby.’”
Deputy Mayor Alan Beach confirmed that Hendrick had a medical issue at the Atria, but could not confirm that it was a heart attack. “The information that I have is that the mayor is in the hospital,” Beach said. “We are assuming that he had a heart attack, and our prayers and hopes are with him.”
Beach said that he went to the hospital, but was not given any more information. He added that Hendrick’s family was there with him.
Hendrick, 64, has been the mayor of Lynbrook since 2011.