Judge Baynes To SUNY: Restore Services At LICH, Ditch The Goons

Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes has ordered SUNY to restore servies at LICH to the levels they were at on July 19. Baynes also said he would name an ombudsman for the hospital and added that the armed and unarmed guards SUNY has employed to patrol the grounds must go.

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Brooklyn Eagle: The “standstill order” will keep LICH open for care until discussions between SUNY Downstate and a number of groups working to keep LICH open resolve the matter through negotiation. In his order, Justice Baynes said that he has been advised by the Special Referee “that the parties are engaged in ongoing good faith negotiations and hope to resolve the matter to their satisfaction.”

Twitter was buzzing long into the night with congratulations from patients, staff and representatives who have been working around the clock to keep the hospital open.

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  • Rick

    What great news! Now hopefully a new party can take over the hospital and run it successfully.
    I was amused to see the judge even ordered that announcements of his decision posted by SUNY must be 36 point, which is a fairly large size type. I’m sure that is because he knew SUNY would try and “comply” by posting an announcement in type so small it couldn’t be read!

  • Rocky Raccoon

    I am surprised that none of the SUNY a$$es were thrown in jail for contempt.

    Let’s throw Cuomo under the bus. He is dirty with real estate money, and has to go down and out.

  • Rocky Raccoon

    Bill de Blasio for Mayor.

  • Roberto

    Bravissimo Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes for ordering LICH to restore services that were in place on July 19, 2013. However, since the devil is always in the details, what does that mean?
    Will LICH be a full-service institution, which includes allowing all departments and the ER to function and also permit ambulances to bring patients to LICH?
    Atlantic Avenue will feel much better without the SUNY “goons.”

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com/ Claude Scales

    Unfortunately, as I read the order, it doesn’t rescind the ambulance diversion, which went into effect on June 19, one month before the date that the order makes the benchmark for restored services.

  • Susan Raboy

    Once the ER is fully staffed, all those who rec’d administrative leave letters return(already happening) and SUNY returns and/or repairs all equipment we can work on reversing the ambulance divergence. 1 victory at a time. Join our fight! We beat SUNY & Cuomo at their own game.
    Sue Raboy-Patients for LICH!

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    12 PM Monday (8/19) — Join Susan Sarandon, Rosie Perez and more at the Rally 4 Hospitals NOT Condos. 7th Avenue & 12th Street, Manhattan.

  • Mike Mercilliott

    I talked with my NYS representative last week. He said the closing of LICH is not from SUNY Downstate or even the SUNY Chancellor. It is from our beloved govenor pulling the strings from Albany. He is the one making all the decesions.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    Cuomo should be impeached and thrown in prison.

  • Rocky Raccoon

    Agreed. Let the Fed’s investigation begin. (The State don’t do the big man on their own.)

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Save LICH & Save Interfaith Hospital on WBAI tonight at 7PM. Jill Furillo, Executive Director of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), Maribel Agosto, RN and Ari Moma, RN will be speaking about LICH and Interfaith.

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Oh, and by the way: