State Senator Upset With Location Of SUNY Vote On LICH Closure
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A day after a judge blocked plans to close Long Island College Hospital, SUNY officials said the Board of Trustees will vote next week on the Brooklyn hospital's fate.
But it's not when the vote will happen that is causing some anger, but where.
Officials said the vote will happen at a previously scheduled board meeting at SUNY Purchase in Westchester.
SUNY officials said the meeting will be open to the public.
However, State Senator and expected Public Advocate candidate Daniel Squadron said the announcement was made too late for most people to sign up to testify.
"It's absurd that SUNY is responding to its unlawful lack of transparency with a shocking lack of transparency," Squadron wrote in a statement. "To hold a hearing nearly 40 miles away, without a reasonable opportunity for those most affected to testify, is simply a slap in the face to all those impacted."
On Thursday, a judge accused SUNY of not being transparent as they went about the closure.
SUNY officials said that LICH is losing millions of dollars and that they planned to close the hospital to maintain high-quality care in its other facilities.