Yesterday’s ruling by Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes to, among other things, restore service at Long Island College Hospital to the same level it was at on July 19 has the community speculating about what might be going on behind the scenes.
George Fiala, who has been tenaciously covering the drama at LICH, writes today:
Red Hook Star Ledger: It turns out Baynes didn’t issue a final decision. That was held in abeyance for the time being as all the parties are “engaged in ongoing good faith negotiations and hope to resolve the matter to their satisfaction,” according to the court papers. Political pressure, probably very strong political pressure from Governor Cuomo, also might have had something to do with it. Cuomo took three days from his upstate promotion of tourism to come to NYC, with no appearances scheduled. Speculation from this quarter is he might have paid a visit to his SUNY Board of Trustee underlings to figure out what to do – namely, how to save face and come to some sort of agreement that the public will accept.