Judge Lays The Smackdown On SUNY, Ownership Reverts To Continuum #SaveLICH

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Demarest laid a veritable bodyslam on SUNY this afternoon when she ruled that ownership of Long Island College Hospital should revert to its previous owner Continuum or another operator willing to take it.  After the ruling, Continuum issued a statement that they cannot takeover the facility. This comes on the same day that charges were dismissed against those arrested during the July 10th protest at SUNY headquarters in Manhattan (pictured via Steve Levin’s Twitter).

Brooklyn Eagle: For many, Justice Demarest’s order was a bolt out of the blue, since the bulk of the legal battles have been fought over the last few months in Supreme Justice Johnny L. Baynes’ courtroom. Justice Baynes, after a remarkable three-day hearing two weeks ago, ordered SUNY Downstate to keep LICH partially open until an agreement could be reached about its operation, possibly under another operator.
In late June, however, Justice Demarest, after reading about “the demise of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) at the hands of the State University of New York (SUNY Downstate)” became “increasing concerned as to the propriety of my own order granting approval of the transfer of LICH’s assets to SUNY Downstate in light of Downstate’s apparent lack of stewardship over those assets in advancement of LICH’s charitable purpose.” Justice Demarest ordered SUNY Downstate to present a full accounting by August 5 of all LICH property, assets and funds transferred to Downstate.

RELATED: Cobble Hill Association Explains The Ruling

Homer’s cousin Jeff tweets:


And the Cobble Hill Association is en fuego with joy:


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  • Remsen Street Dweller

    By the way, not to worry, Continuum has refused the offer.

  • Rick

    This is an amazing and wonderful development. I’m struck by how Justice Demarest actually took the time to stand outside LICH and watch as ambulances were turned away from the hospital, which helped her form her opinion.

    But we’re not out of the woods yet. A responsible operator has to be found. Or created. And I can’t help but wonder if SUNY lawyers will appeal the decision, with so much potential money at stake if they could somehow prevail and sell the land…

  • Susan Raboy

    Bye Bye SUNY. This just proves that if you believe in something you must speak out. Justice ruled today. Long Live LICH

  • Suzanne K

    Wow. The fight may not be over, but it looks like we’re actually winning!

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

    I’m LOL in Henry’s face.

  • Rocky Raccoon

    SUNY should be expected to Appeal. Their lawyers will want to get paid. Just the way it is.

  • Rocky Raccoon

    Oh, Yeah.

  • Rocky Raccoon

    Thank you, Susan for going to all the rallies in support of healthcare in Brooklyn.

  • cat

    Continuum, however, should be forced to repay monies meant for LICH they syphoned off to Beth Israel.

  • Remsen Street Dweller
  • BobStone

    Stunning. Does anyone remember developers and their enablers losing one? Our thanks to the community that stood up, to the nurses (individually as well as to their union), to the doctors, to Local 1199 and to Judges Baynes and Demarest.

    Continuum has apparently decided that there’s nothing left to loot. Can we hope that a successful hospital (they exist) will decide to put it’s brand on it (e.g., North ShoreLIJ/Brooklyn, NYU/Brooklyn) and run a quality operation here?

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Over at LICH, SUNY seems to be destroying evidence NOW!

  • HenryLoL

    What a terrible waste of time and money. We as a people should not force an entity to keep a facility open that drains millions and millions of dollars from their coffers just so we can feel good about keeping nurses and others employed. We live in New York City and there are more hospitals in a 10 mile radius than most communities have in 50 or 100 miles. Absurd. This is not a socialist society. Bill DiBlasio should be ashamed. Hilarious that he hops on this to try and get votes.

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Tell it to the Judge!