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SUNY Votes Against Condo Plan for LICH and Looks for De Blasio's Next Move

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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The SUNY Board that oversees Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn has voted not to proceed with a plan to turn it into condos and an urgent care center.

Nurses who work at the hospital, known as LICH, as well as some of the board members, suggested SUNY should wait until Bill De Blasio is sworn in as mayor, since he has said he would fight any plan that does not serve the health care needs of the surrounding neighborhoods.

Carl McCall, the chairman of the SUNY board, said they may just wait for De Blasio.

“I would love to give him the keys to the hospital,” McCall said. “He wants to keep the hospital open. We have made overtures to him for a discussion.”

A spokesperson for DeBlasio, Lis Smith, said that instead of tabling decisions, "SUNY needs to recognize there is a path forward here, and take it."

“What is needed now is a real plan from SUNY that ensures the communities surrounding Long Island College Hospital have access to critical health care services, including emergency care," Smith said. 

LICH is losing $13 million a month, according to SUNY. McCall said Tuesday SUNY has about a month before it runs out of money to pay LICH employees.

Currently, there are 1400 employees working at LICH and less than a hundred patients.

Editors:

Julianne Welby

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Comments [2]

Maik Obermuller from Remsen Street Brooklyn

LICH was $420 million in red in 2011, $500 million in red today. Does SUNY Board want to wait until LICH is 1 billion in red. SUNY Board decesion borders on fiscal malfeasance. SUNY Board may be on verge of getting sued by SUNY employees for not acting when they should have acted. If ANY layoffs occur in SUNY due to this any affected person has right sue SUNY Board for failing to act when they should have. LICH has bee a money pitt and this is a deal NYS should have never ever entered into.

Dec. 18 2013 10:02 AM
BrooklyNative from Carroll Gardens

Good for the communities & employees that depend on LICH for breathing down the necks of those SUNY Trustees & good for some of the Trustees for finally paying attention after a yr of ignoring the will of the people they seem to think they can be lording over. Now Carl McCall should explain why he won't open a full transparent RFP for a real HOSPITAL operator & is wasting time waiting for the city to take over LICH? This is not a situation with the only options being either sell for condos or give it to the city. Theres a whole lot more that can be done. SUNY needs to start acting responsibly here. Open the damn RFP & do it right.

Dec. 17 2013 11:24 PM

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