A publisher of a West Village newspaper got into a physical confrontation with a state senator and a Quinn campaign intern at a press conference held Monday by Christine Quinn's mayoral campaign at the former site of St. Vincent's Hospital. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
When the subject of hospital closures hit the campaign trail on Monday, things got heated.
A publisher of a West Village newspaper, George Capsis, went after State Senator Brad Hoylman, and then, moments later, off camera, he went after an intern for Christine Quinn's mayoral campaign.
A group of Quinn supporters was in front of the former site of St. Vincent's Hospital, defending her record.
The press conference was overrun by an anti-Quinn group trying to drown out Quinn's message. The group shouted, "Shame on you!"
Capsis was unapologetic, saying he just lost his wife several days ago. He said she was at a Bronx hospital.
"If this hospital had existed, I could have walked two blocks and spent time with her," Capsis said. "That man and the politicians, like Quinn, turned their back on the community."
Just an hour after the incident occurred, de Blasio was on the same block, beneath the condo development set to replace the now-shuttered St Vincent's.
"Speaker Quinn, who was the head of the legislative branch of this city government, whose district St. Vincent's is in, I would ask her why her efforts did not succeed, why the mayor she supported did not intervene, why she lost this hospital," de Blasio said.
"No one worked harder than my staff and myself to try to save that hospital," Quinn said. "I appreciate the times the public advocate joined with me in that effort, but real leadership isn't recreating history and finger-pointing.
St. Vincent's closed down in 2010, but candidates used the backdrop Monday to talk about hospital closures across the city.
Fellow Democratic mayoral candidate William Thompson came to the same street corner to put forward his own hospital plan.
"This is about putting together a plan that will save our hospitals," he said.
Thompson's announcement was clearly less dramatic.