An advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo on health care matters may have been behind the freezing of funds needed to enable Long Island College Hospital to complete its merger with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. The freeze was later lifted after local politicians put pressure on the Cuomo administration to reverse the decision, which could have led to LICH’s closing next month. According to the New York Times City Room Blog, the advisor, Jeffrey Sachs, also acts as a paid consultant to several major players in the health care industry, one of which is Brooklyn Hospital Center, which the Times piece identifies as a “competitor” of LICH. According to the Times, Sachs has now “frozen his contact with state officials” about clients he represents as a consultant.
Cuomo Advisor May Have Triggered LICH Closing Flap
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