LICH Contempt Hearing Adjourned Until Thursday; de Blasio Said To Be Involved: DEVELOPING

Update: According to reader Susan Raboy (see comments) there will be no hearing today (Thursday, February 20). We will update with a new top post as soon as more information is available.

Shortly after this morning’s hearing began, the Eagle’s Mary Frost reports, representatives of the two union plaintiffs in the action against SUNY’s aattempt to close Long Island College Hospital, the New York State Nurses Association and local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union, which represents service workers at LICH, asked Justice Johnny Lee Baynes to adjourn the proceedings because “the Mayor’s office would be discussing possible plans for LICH with the community on Tuesday.” We have no word so far of any such discussions, but will update as soon as we do. Update: We are advised by Judy Stanton, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Heights Association, that the BHA has not been contacted by the Mayor’s office concerning any such plans.

Ms. Frost’s article quotes Jim Walden, of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP, the attorney representing the Brooklyn Heights Association, the Cobble Hill Association, and other civic groups opposing the closure of LICH, as saying his clients were ready to go forward with the contempt proceedings. Nevertheless, Justice Baynes adjourned the hearing until this Thursday, February 20.

Responding to reports that Mayor de Blasio was backing down from his insistence that LICH be preserved as a full service hospital (see photo above, by your correspondent for BHB, of then candidate de Blasio at a “Save LICH” rally last June), Ms. Frost called the Mayor’s office. A representative of his told Ms. Frost, “This is not true.”

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  • Susan Raboy

    Justice was not served yesterday by postponing till Thursday. Nothing less than a full service hospital will do and we will not cave to political pressure. Any elected official against LICH as a full service hospital is against health care services for our communities. A stand alone urgent care facility is not acceptable! Join us Thurs. 2/20 in Supreme Court at 11am (Judge Johnny Lee Baynes) to fight for LICH. Hear for yourself the lies coming from SUNY.

  • HicksOnHicks

    who pays for keeping it open? i have daughters in SUNY, are they going to pay?

  • Susan Raboy

    No they are not. We are looking for a new operator to keep LICH open as a full service operator so we can say bye bye to SUNY. Join us in court tomorrow to learn more.

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    If justice be served …

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Raising tuition because of LICH costs is just more SUNY propaganda to close the hospital. They’ve been planning tuition increases for years and even SUNY students are buying LICH as the cause.

  • Guest

    Suny just received 8 billion dollars you think there going to cut the tuition?

  • Guest

    im starting to think the Nurses association is going to sabotage the community to save jobs. Change there agenda and cave

  • Common sense

    very simple. give the land to the most suitable developer (open up the process and make it transparent). Require some sort of medical facility that satisfies the majority of the community with balance of the site being designated for a profitable cash flowing use Have that developer pay annual payments in perpetuity to SUNY or at least until the debt is paid off.

  • Remsen Street Dweller

    Think again, Guest

  • Susan Raboy

    No court today (Thursday 2/20). Stay tuned for more info…

  • Rick

    NY1 reports deal has been made!