New York Daily News On Attempt to #SaveLICH – ‘A Waste of Time and Money’

Let the spin begin!

The New York Daily News begins the march of condo lovers with this missive about LICH and Mayor deBlasio’s attempt to prevent its closing:

NYDN: Remember that Long Island College Hospital “rescue” that Mayor de Blasio announced back in February?
Well, now it’s official: LICH is being closed and sold to real estate developers.
The State University of New York has reached an agreement with LICH’s buyer, Peebles Corp., that will keep the emergency room going and nothing more. The bulk of the Cobble Hill facility will be converted to apartments.
Which is pretty much exactly the deal that SUNY tried to do last summer — only to be stymied by then-Public Advocate de Blasio, who sued to block the transaction, helping to cost SUNY $13 million a month.
The legal settlement that de Blasio hailed in February was supposed to keep LICH alive — by imposing bidding rules that favored would-be hospital operators. But not even that rigged system could change the facts: Brooklyn has more hospital capacity than needed, and keeping LICH open was in no way financially feasible.
In the end, what de Blasio & Co. really accomplished was wasting a lot of time and money.

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3 Responses to New York Daily News On Attempt to #SaveLICH – ‘A Waste of Time and Money’

  1. LICHer May 24, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    In the end what we did at LICH was save lives that wouldn’t have been saved if LICH had been closed when they needed it.

  2. LICHson May 24, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    Suny had been using LICH as a ATM. Suny was losing money from the beginning. The corruption never stopped. How good is it to have your own state bully you.

  3. Peggy June 1, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

    The community has been fighting hard for a hospital not for more condos. de Blasio rode the coat tails of the community right into office. The community knows it needs a hospital there and anyone who has competed 5th grade can see that comprehensive medical services are needed given the population density. SUNY was not interested in assessing the needs of the community when they took it over 3 years ago to
    determine how to restructure it to succeed. To achieve their goal of closing the hospital, information was released to the press to make it look as unfeasible as possible to keep the hospital open. The hospital’s books were not made available to perspective buyers.

    The fall out of services being cut has already been felt all over Brooklyn with strained emergency
    services. This is the real issue.

    Those groups interested in saving LICH and eventually saving the site as a hospital at all had to fight. It was in their interest to utilize lawyers to bide time and put pressure on SUNY to make this happen. The only chance of getting where we have gotten to today was to hire lawyers (takes money) and alert the community of what was happening.