A reader has forwarded us a message from Michelle Green of the New York State Nurses Association:
This coming week the Downstate Community Council and the SUNY Board of Trustees will be acting on their “sustainability” plan– and we plan to make our presence and opposition known.
On Monday, at noon, the Downstate Community Council will be meeting at 430 Clarkson Avenue, Lecture Hall 1. A large outdoor rally is being organized by 1199 and NYSNA. We encourage you, your neighbors and everyone who wants to keep LICH as a full service hospital to join us. Busses will leave LICH (Hicks Street entrance) at 11AM.
The next day, Tuesday, July 16 the SUNY Board of Trustees will act on the Downstate plan at a special meeting they are holding in Albany. (Notice how the Trustees’ meetings on LICH’s fate move farther and farther away from our communities.) NYSNA and 1199 will be sending a bus from LICH, leaving at 10 AM.
The “Sustainability Plan” contmplates selling LICH to a new operator, possibly one that would close LICH and sell the land for development, or perhaps closing LICH and selling it directly to a developer. If you would like to attend either or both of these events, please send Ms Green an e-mail to be assured of a seat on a bus: firstname.lastname@example.org