New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) endorsed Steve Levin for the D33 City Council seat (which serves Brooklyn Heights) on Wednesday near the Long Island College Hospital campus.
Levin, along with mayoral candidate Bill DiBlasio, have been endorsed by the organization in large part due their actions in support of keeping LICH open. In July, DiBlasio, Levin, community leaders and members of LICH were arrested at SaveLICH rally at SUNY headquarters in Manhattan. The charges were later dropped.
— NYSNA (@nynurses) August 28, 2013
Brooklyn Eagle: Levin’s support for LICH is nothing new, said Susan Shanahan, a nurse at LICH and a resident of Levin’s district for many years. She recalled Levin fighting for LICH when its previous owners, Continuum Health partners, tried to shut down the pediatric ward. “He’s a true advocate,” she said.
Levin told the crowd that the endorsement was especially meaningful, “after what we’ve all gone through in the past few months.” He compared the battle to keep LICH open despite efforts by SUNY to shut it down a “David and Goliath” story.