Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz released a statement today urging new Gov. Andrew Cuomo to “honor the commitment” made by former Gov. Paterson in a deal to keep open Long Island College Hospital, on Henry Street and Pacific Street.
“All of Brooklyn is deeply concerned by the withholding of financial support that would keep Long Island College Hospital open. Under an agreement brokered by the previous governor, LICH would be saved through a plan to merge with SUNY Downstate. The devastating cutting of essential medical services for thousands of Brooklyn residents and the loss of more than 2,500 jobs if LICH were to close is an untenable situation,” Markowitz said.
Earlier today, the New York Times reported that Cuomo was backing away from the deal struck by Paterson that would merge LICH with SUNY Downstate. The story said the hospital could close by March and lay off 2,500 workers if the funding isn’t restored.
If the hospital closes, South Brooklyn will no longer have a close-by Emergency Room. Also, 2,500 babies a year are born at LICH, according to the Times piece.