Judge Rules SUNY Board Acted Illegally on LICH Closing

The Times reports that New York Supreme Court Justice Johnny Baynes, who earlier extended a temporary restraining order against SUNY’s shutdown of Long Island College Hospital, has ruled that the SUNY board acted in violation of New York State’s open meetings law, and vacated the board’s decision to close LICH. According to the Times:

The trustees’ use of a vague notice, a “skeletal statement of purpose in the written agenda,” and the timing of a two-hour closed executive session on Feb. 7, the day before the public vote, “seems intentionally designed to shield the purpose of the meetings from the general public and obstruct the transparency required by the Open Meetings Law,” the decision said, noting that the trustees “are not unsophisticated.”

The story also quotes a SUNY spokesman as saying that “the ruling hinges on a procedural technicality” and that “the board Would move swiftly to fix the problem.” If, as expected, the board again votes to close LICH, the plan must then be submitted to the State Department of Health, which could refuse to approve the closure, as it did a plan by LICH’s former owner, Continuum Health Partners, to close LICH’s obstetrics and pediatrics departments just over four years ago.

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3 Responses to Judge Rules SUNY Board Acted Illegally on LICH Closing

  1. maribel March 20, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    LICH is Open for Care… and we are doing everything to make sure our hospital remains open. LICH is an Institution, a full service hospital serving the borough of Brooklyn for over 150 years. Brooklyn continues to grow in leaps and bounds. We will continue to take our message to the community Everyone has opened their doors and welcomed us. The doctors, nurses and staff will continue to reach out to the community. The SUNY Board of Trustees voted to close LICH yesterday in an executive meeting held in Purchase, NY over 40 miles away from the people most impacted by the possible closing of LICH. However, the SUNY Board must submit their plan to the NYS Dept of Health. You can help: please call the Commissioner, NYS Dept of Health at 518-474-8390, please call the Honorable Governor Cuomo at 518-474-2011. Our community will do what it takes to keep our hospital open and rebuild LICH. I leave you with this message, LICH is OPEN for Care.

  2. Brooklyn Heights Strudel March 26, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    Just click on the link, get in the spirit and let’s save our hospital!

  3. Brooklyn Heights Strudel March 26, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    google – youtube lich open for care