LICH has asked that concerned citizens contact political officeholders whose influence would be helpful in getting New York State to release the funds needed to bring its merger with SUNY Downstate to fruition. A list of these officeholders, with contact information, and a list of talking points supplied by LICH, follows the jump.
List of officeholders:
Yvette D. Clarke, Member of Congress; (718) 287-1142; www.clarke.house.gov
Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor; (518) 474-8390
Robert J. Duffy; Lieutenant Governor; (518) 474-8390
Letitia James; City Council Member; (718) 260-9191; firstname.lastname@example.org
Hakeem Jeffries; State Assembly Member; (718) 569-0100; email@example.com
Bradford Lander; City Council Member, (718) 499-1090; firstname.lastname@example.org*
Stephen Levin; City Council Member; (718) 875-5200; email@example.com
Marty Markowitz; Brooklyn Borough President, (718) 802-3700; firstname.lastname@example.org
Joan L. Millman; State Assembly Member; (718) 246-4889; email@example.com*
Velmanette Montgomery; State Senator; (718) 643-6140; firstname.lastname@example.org
Felix W. Ortiz; State Assembly Member; (718) 492-6334; email@example.com
John L. Sampson; State Senator; (718) 649-7653; firstname.lastname@example.org
Chuck Schumer; U.S. Senator; (212) 486-4430; email@example.com
Daniel L. Squadron; State Senator; (212) 298-5565; firstname.lastname@example.org*
Edolphus Towns; Member of Congress; (718) 235-8018; email@example.com
Nydia M. Velazquez; Member of Congress; (718) 599-3658; firstname.lastname@example.org
*These officeholders have already declared support for LICH; however, communications from concerned citizens will be useful for them.
-Many of you have read or heard media reports that the proposed merger with SUNY Downstate is threatened. Everyone involved in the negotiations – SUNY, LICH, Continuum and the community – remain hopeful that the merger will go through.
-We have made clear to the State Department of Health and to the Governor’s Office that Long Island College Hospital is a valuable resource to the residents of Brooklyn, and that its closure would have a devastating impact on the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands of Brooklyn residents.
-Over the past two years, our merger plan with SUNY Downstate was reviewed and approved by multiple State and federal agencies. The HEAL grants that were competitively awarded to LICH and to SUNY Downstate are essential to the merger moving to conclusion.
-All the Brooklyn politicians indicated their support as well.
-Former Gov. David Paterson came to LICH last October to announce a HEAL grant of $40 million to support the merger.
-All of the elected officials who came to that press conference agreed that day that the proposed merger will strengthen patient care in Brooklyn, the communities that are served by LICH and Downstate, and further Downstate’s educational mission. It also will save close to 2,500 jobs.
-This latest development by the Governor and DOH to reevaluate all pending HEAL grants poses a serious threat.