From Brad Lander:
I’m very pleased to report that – in response to our relentless advocacy – SUNY Downstate Medical Center has withdrawn its proposal to close LICH and has announced plans to identify another operator.
We knew we had to save LICH because LICH saves lives. Over the last three months, thousands of people raised their voices to demand the preservation of our vital healthcare infrastructure. I have been proud to work together with our partners in the Coalition to Save LICH—including NYSNA, 1199SEIU, the Concerned Physicians of LICH, and the Cobble Hill Association—to make our voices heard. And I was especially proud to stand with my colleagues in the New York City Council yesterday and, together with Speaker Quinn and Councilmember Levin, unanimously pass a resolution in support of the fight. Our statement on the news is here.
Today marks an incredible victory for our community. It will still take tough decisions and strong leadership to ensure the future of LICH but with this win we’ve taken a giant leap forward.