By Tom Precious
ALBANY – The Assembly today formally thanked staffer Bakary Janneh, as well as Assemblyman Sean Ryan, for helping to potentially save the life of a Brooklyn assemblywoman as she choked on a piece of fruit on the floor of the Assembly last week.
“We are gratefully relieved to see you here today and that you are okay,’’ Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said from the podium to Assemblywoman Annette Robinson earlier today during proceedings on the floor.
Ryan on Tuesday described how he saw the lawmaker, who sits next to him, was having trouble breathing and he realized she was choking. "I gave her the Heimlich and smacked her between her shoulder blades six times ... I used by Boy Scouts and high school training,'' he said.
But the food did not dislodge and Bakary Janneh, who works on the Assembly’s program and counsel staff, took over. When not helping to craft bills and policy for the Assembly, he is a local EMT volunteer. Silver praised Janneh fo his “calm, swift action’’ to help the struggling Robinson during what he characterized as a scary moment last week on the floor.