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The angry health care workers of Long Island College Hospital are suing the state for a second time, now claiming that the Department of Health — which gets the final say on whether or not to kill the 155-year-old Cobble Hill medical center — has an unconstitutional amount of power in the closure of hospitals.

The case argues that state law offers no firm guidelines for evaluating whether or not a hospital can safely close its doors, and it already won Long Island College Hospital defenders another temporary restraining order from Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes.

Baynes’ decision keeps the state from reviewing the closure plan submitted by the State University of New York, which owns the hospital and its lucrative real estate holdings.

The activists received their first temporary restraining order before Baynes ruled last month that the state university had violated transparency laws in its push to close the hospital. In response, university officials quickly voted to shutter the cash-bleeding medical center again — this time by the books.

The demonstrators fighting to keep the ailing facility open say the judge’s ruling is a major win, even if it just buys them and their backers time.

“This temporary restraining order is another victory for Brooklyn patients who depend on LICH, and for nurses, caregivers, doctors who are fighting to keep our hospital open for care,” said Jill Furillo, the director of the New York State Nurses Association, in a statement.

The next hearing is scheduled for May 2.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at jlutz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
Updated 10:09 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Cheers to Judge Baynes from carroll gardens says:
SUNY says Downstate's medical school & East Flatbush hospital are losing over $8 million a month (double the amount they claim LICH is losing) and are running out of money. Even though LICH isn't as financially bad off as the other hospital and medical school, the LICH community is expected to "sacrifice" its only hospital in order to pay for the failing East Flatbush enterprise. If that's the case, then damn well better be demanding to see why this hospital can't be saved & allowed to have a new operator take it off SUNY's hands. If SUNY doesn't want to spend any money operating LICH, then let another hospital take it over & send Downstate back to Flatbush. Rushing through the process when people's lives will be so affected is completely irresponsible of SUNY & Downstate.
April 2, 2013, 3:28 pm
Cheers to Judge Baynes from carroll gardens says:
SUNY says Downstate's medical school & East Flatbush hospital are losing over $8 million a month (double the amount they claim LICH is losing) and are running out of money. Even though LICH isn't as financially bad off as the other hospital and medical school, the LICH community is expected to "sacrifice" its only hospital in order to pay for the failing East Flatbush enterprise. If that's the case, then damn well better be demanding to see why this hospital can't be saved & allowed to have a new operator take it off SUNY's hands. If SUNY doesn't want to spend any money operating LICH, then let another hospital take it over & send Downstate back to Flatbush. Rushing through the process when people's lives will be so affected is completely irresponsible of SUNY & Downstate.
April 2, 2013, 3:28 pm
Big Bob from LICH says:
LICH lost money for 17 years in a row. Who is going to pay??? Maybe the community wants to take it over? There is no one waiting to take it over. The state is refusing to go deeper in debt. It is riddled with potential fraud in the manner SUNY took it over but LICH is not going to see Christmas.
April 2, 2013, 3:35 pm
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
Are the "angry healthcare workers" going to take a pay and benefits cut to help keep LICH afloat? Apparently they have money to sue.

Like THAT'S gonna happen; right?
April 3, 2013, 10:12 am
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
Are the "angry healthcare workers" going to take a pay and benefits cut to help keep LICH afloat? Apparently they have money to sue.

Like THAT'S gonna happen; right?
April 3, 2013, 10:12 am
go figure says:
the employees did do that. more than once. the employees have done their part to help the financials. No matter how much they give up it wont help if the administration is deliberately sabatoging the hospital.
April 4, 2013, Noon
LICHer from Marine Park says:
The Employees at LICH, work at a State Hospital, but are not State employees. We make less money than our counterparts at SUNY. We do the work of more than 2 people over at SUNY. Downstate has decided not to honor Union contracts, so we have not gotten raises and now bonuses that we already worked for. LICH has lost money every year since Continuum took us over. Sold us out by taking everything they could. They even tried selling the old Main Building. I could go on, but if you do a search, you will get the facts.
April 4, 2013, 7:12 pm
Worker from Marine Park says:
Big Bob and Bay Ridger need to look up the facts before making comments. LICH was in the hole by about 5 Million when it "joined" Continuum. They did nothing there but take everything they could and reinvest nothing back into LICH. Lost money, yes, since Continuum did the books. When Downstate took over we were almost breaking even. Next year, 72 million in the hole. Employees at LICH, work for a State Hospital, but are not State Employees. Our Union contracts have not been honored. No raises, and bonuses. Our workers make less money and do more per person than the Downstate Employees. Yes we are fighting to keep our Hospital open, by our hard work and the sacrifices we make everyday. Just to be clear, I work there, I met my ex-wife there, my three children were born there, we use the Hospital whenever there is a need.
April 4, 2013, 7:26 pm
H.W. Beecher from Brooklyn Heights says:
LICH employees are being victimized by managerial greed and incompetence-- END OF STORY. And the neighborhoods will suffer as a result.

** ANY ** explanation to the contrary only proves the total ignorance the person telling the lies.
April 5, 2013, 1:56 am

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