From the lemons to lemonade department comes word of an effort by our local electeds to prevent future hospital closings in the wake of the LICH closing:
Brooklyn Eagle: In response to the community’s unsuccessful efforts to keep LICH open, State Sen. Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember-elect Jo Anne Simon are sponsoring a bill that would give residents and local officials a say and require a community needs assessment before a hospital is closed. The measure was built around an earlier proposal by city Comptroller Scott Stringer.
“This bill would ensure that there’s never another situation like we have experienced at LICH,” Sen. Squadron told a crowd gathered on Henry Street. “Today, there is no confidence for communities that medical needs are taken care of when a hospital closure is threatened.”
W/ @scottmstringer @TishJames @NydiaVelazquez @JoAnneSimonBK52 @BPEricAdams @cmenchaca & comm. announcing LICH act pic.twitter.com/6BG5JFABxZ
— Daniel Squadron (@DanielSquadron) December 16, 2014