Update: NY1 reports that the parties have reached a settlement agreement, which awaits the approval of Justice Johnny Lee Baynes. It goes on to say:
Sources say that according to the settlement, the bidding process will start fresh, and only proposals for a full-service hospital will be considered.
As we noted earlier, the contempt hearing concerning SUNY’s attempts to close Long Island College Hospital, which has been postponed several times in order to allow the parties time to reach a settlement, was not held this morning, as previously scheduled. The Eagle quotes attorney Jim Walden, who represents the community groups opposing the closure of LICH, as saying the parties are “within a whisper” of an agreement. Walden has been adamant in his contention that LICH must remain a full service hospital, in accordance with his clients’ demands.
Stay tuned for further developments.