The Brooklyn Heights Association RSS feed BHA Community News, Events, and In Focus Updates en-us Copyright (C) 2011 The Brooklyn Heights Associateion STATE PRIMARY ELECTION DAY <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>NYS PRIMARY ELECTION DAY - REGISTERED DEMOCRATS URGED TO VOTE!<br /> </u></p> <p>All registered Democrats are urged to go to the polls to vote in the&nbsp;<strong>State Primary Elections </strong>on September 9, 2014:</p> <p><strong><u>NYS Governor:&nbsp; Governor Cuomo's nomination for re-election is&nbsp;challenged by: &nbsp;</u></strong>Zephyr Teachout, for Governor and Tim Wu, for Lt. Governor. Also Randi Credico will be listed on the primary ballots as a Democratic candidate for Governor</p> <p><u><strong>NYS Assembly, 52nd District:</strong></u><strong>&nbsp; </strong>Doug Biviano, Pete Sikora and JoAnne Simon are on the ballot to replace our outgoing incumbent Assemblymember Joan Millman.&nbsp; Note: Joan Millman has diligently served this District since 1997. She has announced her retirement from the Assembly, but will continue in public service, taking a new position with the&nbsp; NYC Department of the Aging.</p> <p><u><strong>Voter Alert</strong></u><strong>: Be sure to verify your current polling site because we are aware of at least one change</strong>:&nbsp; Click <a href="">here</a> for the Poll Site Locator, enter your street address, and pay attention to your election district number.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>There is no&nbsp; Republican primary.</p> </body> </html> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 HISTORIC STREET LIGHTS ARE RETURNING TO THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS HISTORIC DISTRICT - HISTORIC STREET LIGHTS ARE RETURNING TO THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS HISTORIC DISTRICT <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>We're delighted to report that the historic Bishop's Crook street lights are returning to the Brooklyn Heights Historic District- or at least to its southern portion.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thanks to a federal grant awarded in 2010 under the auspices of Congresswoman Velazquez, and a 2009 City Council funds allocation sponsored by our then-Council Member David Yassky, we have enough monies to install approximately 60 historic lights.</p> <p>As you may know - at least from photographs - Bishop&rsquo;s Crooks were the basic lighting fixture in Brooklyn Heights from the first quarter of the 20th century up to their replacement with the modern steel and aluminum street lights (called &ldquo;cobras&rdquo;) in the early &lsquo;60&rsquo;s. The historic fixtures will hold modern high-efficiency LED bulbs and will cost the same to operate as the cobras they are replacing. <br /> The Brooklyn Heights side of Atlantic Avenue is already lined with historic street lights, as is Montague Street.</p> <p>The New York City DOT will replace the cobra poles with the cast-iron Bishop's Crooks on streets south of Remsen Street and west of Clinton Street. Included in this first grid are Joralemon, Henry and Hicks Streets, between Atlantic Avenue and Remsen Street, and the Place streets in between.&nbsp;Already you'll see&nbsp;evidence&nbsp; of the changeover as the Wellsbach Contracting Co. crews are selectively removing&nbsp;cobra&nbsp;poles&nbsp;to be replaced with the historic poles.&nbsp; It should be noted that,&nbsp;instead of&nbsp;doing all lights&nbsp;at once on any given&nbsp;block, they are gradually staggering&nbsp;the timing of the replacements&nbsp;to avoid&nbsp;leaving&nbsp;streets in the dark.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>We hope one day to raise the money necessary to complete this&nbsp;project, and we are thrilled to be getting started with the installations this spring.</p> <p>We invite you to join us on June 30 at 5:30 PM at an outdoor celebration of the light installations on Willow Place (mid-block). Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez will be on hand to speak and you'll hear from others who were instrumental to this exciting project.&nbsp;</p> <p>Refreshments will be served.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Post updated 6/20/14</p> </body> </html> STREET LIGHTS ARE RETURNING TO THE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS HISTORIC DISTRICT/ Wed, 21 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400 UPDATE: BROOKLYN HEIGHTS STREETS SCHEDULED FOR REPAVING FROM AUGUST 4-7. Parked cars will be ticketed and relocated. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><strong><u>BROOKLYN HEIGHTS STREETS SCHEDULED FOR REPAVING ON AUGUST 4-7</u></strong></p> <p>Parked cars will be relocated. Clinton Street appears to be done already.&nbsp; Here is the schedule we have received from the NYC DOT:</p> <p><u><strong>Monday, August 4:</strong></u><br /> Clark Street between Cadman Plaza West and Columbia Heights<br /> Henry Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue</p> <p><strong><u>Tuesday, August 5: </u></strong><br /> Henry Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue</p> <p><u><strong>Wednesday, August 6:</strong></u><br /> Henry Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue<br /> Pierrepont Place between Montague Street and Pierrepont Street<br /> Montague Terrace between Montague Street and Remsen Street</p> <p><strong><u>Thursday, August 7: </u></strong><br /> Pierrepont Street between Columbia Heights and Cadman Plaza West</p> <p>Brooklyn Heights received very late notice from the NYC DOT, who is also responsible for posting signs on the affected streets in enough time to warn residents. We hope all whose vehicles are parked in the way of the paving are aware of the schedule for moving their cars to avoid being towed.</p> </body> </html> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400 84TH PRECINCT ADVISES BHA ON NEIGHBORHOOD SECURITY: The BHA contacted the 84th Precinct’s Commanding Officer, Maximo Tolentino, to bring the Brooklyn Heights Blog post regarding vandalism in the North Heights in the early morning hours of Saturday, July 19 to his attention. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>84TH PRECINCT ADVISES BHA ON NEIGHBORHOOD SECURITY </strong></u><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>The BHA contacted the 84th Precinct&rsquo;s Commanding Officer, Maximo Tolentino, to bring the recent <a href="">Brooklyn Heights Blog</a> post regarding vandalism in the North Heights to his attention.</p> <p>We were also very troubled to learn of the security breach in which someone replaced the flags on the Brooklyn Bridge. Although that turned out to be a harmless caper on the Manhattan side of the Bridge, it raised disturbing questions about the NYPD&rsquo;s security apparatus covering the Bridge.</p> <p>We spoke with Captain Tolentino about overall safety in Brooklyn Heights, on the Brooklyn Bridge and in Brooklyn Bridge Park, where an increase in Park visitors has brought noticeably more pedestrian traffic through Brooklyn Heights.</p> <p>Regarding the vandalism, the police learned of it when two car owners filed complaints about the broken mirrors the next day. After the BHA&rsquo;s call, 84th Pct detectives searched the&nbsp;locations hoping to find video camera&nbsp;footage but there was none. Captain Tolentino urges residents to telephone 911 whenever they see a quality of life crime of any kind occurring. The 911 dispatchers will determine if it&rsquo;s an emergency requiring a rapid response. The NYPD assigns police coverage based on types and frequency of crimes. He also urges residents to report after the fact, non-urgent complaints to 311. 311 reports will reach the relevant precinct, and the 84th bases its coverage on 311 calls as well as 911 calls.</p> <p>&nbsp;Brooklyn Heights does not need officers on every other corner. According to Captain Tolentino, there are cops on patrol, undercover as well as uniformed, on foot and in sector cars throughout Brooklyn Heights at all times. You&rsquo;ll see uniformed cops in more crowded areas, i.e. there is always a foot patrol officer on Montague Street and another on Court Street. At night, more cops are covering Brooklyn Bridge Park, given the increasing numbers of people using the park since Pier 2 opened. In addition, more cops are assigned to the Promenade, Squibb Bridge and in Brooklyn Bridge Park after 1 AM when the park closes. <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Regarding the Brooklyn Bridge white flag caper: The security breach brought out changes in NYPD coverage as follows: The 84th Precinct now bears entire responsibility for patrolling the Brooklyn Bridge. The Manhattan Bridge is now the sole responsibility of the 5th Precinct. (The 5th Precinct is in Manhattan. Coverage of both bridges had been a shared responsibility between the two precincts.) Vendor carts have added to congestion on the bike and foot paths of the Brooklyn Bridge and are to be removed. We will see scooter and foot patrol cops going back and forth on the Bridge, day and night, but no fixed posts with NYPD cars parked at the Bridge ramps. There will still be a fixed post by the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage at Old Fulton Street at all times.&nbsp; Also, according to the Brooklyn Heights Press, the NYPD's Counter Terrorism Bureau has beefed up its Bridge surveillance with both helicopter sweeps and marine unit patrols. <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Tuesday, August 5th at 5 PM is the 84th Precinct Community Council and NYPD Annual Night Out Against Crime. The event is held in Borough Hall Plaza, and will include free bicycle and scooter registration, and free bike helmets. It&rsquo;s a good opportunity for anyone with any questions related to neighborhood crime to have a one on one conversation with cops in attendance. Click <a href="">here</a> for the event flyer. <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Post updated 8/2/14</p> </body> </html> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 NYC DOT ANSWERS BHA REQUEST TO BEGIN WORK ON THE BQE CANTILEVER - WORK TO START MONDAY, AUGUST 4TH! At least one lane will be open to traffic at all times <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>GOOD NEWS! NYC DOT ANSWERS BHA REQUEST TO BEGIN MILLING, PAVING &amp; JOINT REPAIRS ON THE BQE CANTILEVER&nbsp;</u></p> <p>The community-requested milling and paving of the full surface of the eastbound (towards Queens) BQE from Atlantic Ave to Cadman Plaza West began&nbsp;on <strong>Monday August 4th</strong>.&nbsp; Joint repairs will be performed concurrently with the mill and pave job.&nbsp;</p> <p>This work is expected to take&nbsp;several weeks. BQE lane closures will be in effect Monday through Friday 10 PM -5 AM for the next several weeks.&nbsp; At lease one lane in each direction will be open to traffic at all times.</p> <p>In addition, Staten Island-bound lane closures for repair of under-deck shielding remain in effect on Tuesdays and Thursdays through August 31.</p> <p>Not since 2002 has there been a complete milling and repaving of the upper BQE roadway, and the BHA has been &lsquo;on the case&rsquo; for sometime. It is our expectation that the work will help to mitigate the extreme vibrations the uneven deck surface&nbsp;causes in homes along the BQE.</p> <p>We are grateful to the DOT for scheduling this much-needed project and to Councilman Steve Levin for his advocacy.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Article updated 08/14/14</p> </body> </html> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 FIRE AND DISASTER DRILL TO BE CONDUCTED AT CADMAN PLAZA EAST AND RED CROSS PLACE BY THE OEM BUILDING THURSDAY, JULY 24, 6:30 PM <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>As part of a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training class, a controlled fire and disaster drill will be conducted at Cadman Plaza East and Red Cross Place, Brooklyn at 6:30 PM tomorrow, 7/24. Expect to see FDNY and NYPD personnel in action. To learn more about CERT, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> </body> </html> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 MONTAGUE STREET PHOTO CONTEST ANNOUNCED <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>THE MONTAGUE STREET BID HAS ANNOUNCED A PHOTO CONTEST&nbsp; <br /> Prizes Awarded to Winning Images that Capture Street&rsquo;s Unique Character</p> <p>The Montague Street BID invites photography enthusiasts to enter the Montague Street Photo Contest. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $400 gift certificate at the Montague Street store of their choice.</p> <p>Photographs taken along Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights may be submitted. Areas of interest include Montague Street&rsquo;s architecture, storefronts and displays, people, streetscape elements, or a combination thereof. Of particular interest are images showcasing Montague Street&rsquo;s vibrancy and activity.</p> <p>Click <a href="">here</a> to find out more about the contest and entry details.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 LICH UPDATE: WHAT WILL THE FORTIS EMERGENCY ROOM PROVIDE? <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>LICH UPDATE: WHAT WILL THE FORTIS EMERGENCY ROOM PROVIDE?</strong></u></p> <p>Following the announced closing of Long Island College Hospital (&ldquo;LICH&rdquo;), residents are confused by a letter they received that is signed by Gary Reilly, Carroll Gardens Assn. board member, bearing the return address &quot;The Campaign for One New York&quot;. In the letter, which he said he &quot;was asked to send by Mayor de Blasio&quot;, Reilly says the LICH site will have a &quot;free-standing, high-quality emergency room&quot;, which, he acknowledges, will not provide &quot;in-patient services like elective surgery and some very specialized forms of care.&quot;</p> <p>LICH&rsquo;s buyer, Fortis Property Group, has said it has no plans to open a hospital on the LICH site. Instead, Fortis has said that NYU-Langone, Lutheran Family Services and Lutheran Medical Center will provide ambulatory healthcare services in a new building they will build, with a stand-alone emergency department that has 20 observational beds.</p> <p>What does the term &ldquo;ambulatory health care services&quot; mean?&nbsp; In an effort to prepare Heights residents for what to expect, in the absence of a hospital to back up the ER, the BHA asked several doctors formerly associated with LICH to explain specifically what services the stand-alone emergency room &ndash; as Fortis has described it - would provide. They said that walk-in non-emergency illnesses and injuries such as sprains, cuts and bruises, flu, sore throats and fever could be treated there. To read Fortis' description of medical services to be offered at LICH, click <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>When seconds count, we&rsquo;ll be out of luck. Ambulance/EMT protocol requires technicians to take anyone with serious medical problems, including: acute heart attack or cardiac arrest, acute stroke, most pediatric emergencies, massive gastrointestinal bleed, pulmonary embolism, appendicitis, overwhelming infection leading to acute shock, high-risk pregnancy with bleeding, or other major traumas, including car accidents, to the nearest hospital with the capabilities to treat such conditions. The Fortis ER will not have the capacity to treat such serious medical emergencies.</p> <p>Click <a href="">here</a> to read Brooklyn Eagle Reporter, Mary Frost's coverage of latest activities by the LICH Community Coalition.</p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">Posted 7/11/14</span></p> </body> </html> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 JULY 4TH FIREWORKS – HEADS UP! IMPORTANT STREET CLOSURE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE NYPD <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>JULY 4TH FIREWORKS &ndash; HEADS UP! IMPORTANT STREET CLOSURE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE NYPD</u></p> <p>Macy&rsquo;s Fireworks will take place on the East River from 9:28 PM to 9:45 PM. In Brooklyn Heights they will be visible from the Promenade, which has a weight limit capacity to be regulated by the NYPD, and from Brooklyn Bridge Park. The NYPD has established a traffic and crowd management plan to ensure a safe July 4th for everyone, as well as emergency vehicle access throughout the area.</p> <p><strong>Please take note of the following areas of Brooklyn Bridge Park that will&nbsp;be closed during all or part of&nbsp; July 4, 2014:</strong><br /> <br /> Pier 5 B.B.Q. will be closed all day. <br /> Pop-up Pool, Pier 2, Soccer Fields, Children&rsquo;s Park and Volleyball court will be open until 4 pm.<br /> The Taxi Ferry will run until 5 p.m. <br /> Viewing area entrances for Brooklyn Bridge Park will be Pier 1 (Old Fulton St. and Furman St. ) and Pier 6 (Atlantic Avenue and Furman St.).</p> <p>Brooklyn Bridge will have one Brooklyn bound lane closed starting on 7/2/14.<br /> On July 4th, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade will have entrances at four locations (EVERYONE IS SUBJECT TO BAG CHECKS)</p> <p><strong>The following streets will have no parking </strong><u><strong>starting at midnight on the night of&nbsp; July 3:</strong></u><br /> &bull; Joralemon St from Furman St to Court St. <br /> &bull; Montague St from Hicks St to Columbia Heights<br /> &bull; Columbia Heights from Remsen St to Old Fulton St<br /> &bull; Water St from Main St to Old Fulton St<br /> &bull; Middagh St from Cadman Plaza West to Dead End<br /> &bull; Cranberry St from Columbia Heights to Hicks St<br /> &bull; Vine St from Columbia Heights to Hicks St<br /> &bull; Cadman Plaza West from Tillary St to Furman St.&nbsp;</p> <p>To state this even more explicitly, what the police are saying here is that<u> all parked cars on&nbsp; the above-listed blocks must be moved out of those blocks by midnight on the night of July 3rd. </u></p> <p><strong>Starting at 4 PM on July 4, the 84th Pct plans a freeze on vehicles traveling in any direction West of Cadman Plaza.&nbsp;</strong> <strong>Residents of Brooklyn Heights residents should carry their ID with them in order to gain access to their homes with their vehicles after 4 PM. </strong></p> <p><u>The Brooklyn Bridge will be closed to vehicles in both directions commencing at&nbsp;5 PM. </u></p> <p><u>The Brooklyn, Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridge footpaths will be closed to pedestrians and bikes starting at 6 PM.</u></p> <p><u>Re Bus Transit</u>:&nbsp;the B25 and B63 service will change.&nbsp; Please click <a href="">here</a> for the MTA's latest service updates.</p> <p>We hope all have a safe and enjoyable holiday!</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(192,52,3)"><span style="font-size: larger">All of the above is subject to change at any time!! We will update this page&nbsp;whenever we receive new information.</span></strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 EXTREME LITTER CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE ON JULY 4TH: The NYC Department of Sanitation will remove corner litter baskets, on orders from the NYPD. Extra sanitation clean up crews will be assigned to the neighborhood all day Friday-Saturday. <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u>NYC DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION WILL&nbsp;HAVE SWEEPING CREWS WORKING ON JULY 4TH</u></p> <p>There will be NO regular garbage collection on Friday, July 4th.&nbsp; Residential garbage pick-ups will resume on Monday, July 7. Property owners should hold all garbage back from the curbs until early Monday morning.</p> <p>On orders from the NYPD, the Sanitation Department (&quot;DSNY&quot;) must remove all litter baskets from corner intersections on the following streets in Brooklyn Heights before midnight on the night of July 3:</p> <p>Columbia Heights from Pierrepont St. to Old Fulton St.<br /> Hicks St. from Atlantic Ave. to Old Fulton St.<br /> Remsen Street from Court to Montague Terrace<br /> Montague Street from Court to Pierrepont Place/Promenade<br /> Old Fulton Street<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>The baskets should all be brought back by midnight on the night of July 6.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mechanical brooms and DSNY clean-up personnel will be working throughout the Heights on Friday July 4th, both morning and night,&nbsp; to compensate for extra litter in the absence of litter baskets. Overnight Friday and into Saturday, July 5th until 2 PM,&nbsp; the DSNY&nbsp;clean-up crews will&nbsp;continue&nbsp;cleaning services&nbsp;throughout the Heights and&nbsp;DUMBO.</p> <p>Fireworks are great, but there is always a big mess to be cleaned up afterwards!&nbsp; We hope that all building owners&nbsp;and custodians will&nbsp;take responsibility for cleaning up in front of their own residences.</p> <p>We hope all have a safe and enjoyable holiday!</p> </body> </html> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 UNIFIED COMMUNITY STATEMENT REGARDING LONG ISLAND COLLEGE HOSPITAL <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p><u><strong>UNIFIED COMMUNITY STATEMENT REGARDING LONG ISLAND COLLEGE HOSPITAL</strong></u></p> <p>Concerned Physicians of LICH and the six community groups involved in litigation with the State University of New York regarding the fate of Long Island College Hospital&mdash;Boerum Hill Association, Brooklyn Heights Association, Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association, Cobble Hill Association, Riverside Tenants&rsquo; Association, and Wykoff Gardens Association, Inc.---announce their decision to refrain from further litigation at this time.</p> <p>Because we have reason to believe that the State University of New York (&ldquo;SUNY&rdquo;) has acted illegally, and continues to do so, we call on the Department of Justice, the King&rsquo;s County District Attorney, the New York State Attorney General, and the New York State Inspector General to investigate SUNY&rsquo;s actions.</p> <p>For almost a year, we have been fighting in Kings County Supreme Court to protect and preserve LICH, a community teaching hospital, which has served the health needs of this growing community for 150 years &ndash; with more than 50,000 emergency room admissions a year. Our litigation kept vital health care open for a year, and preserved jobs during that time. We believe our lawsuit had merit. SUNY and the Department of Health hired four private law firms to defend their decision to close the hospital, wasting millions of dollars in tax payers&rsquo; money that could have sustained health care at LICH for months. Our lawyers, all working pro bono, uncovered evidence which they believe indicates SUNY acted illegally. We took this fight to SUNY&rsquo;s Board of Trustees who permitted SUNY to engage in this conduct.</p> <p>We have always kept our focus on a health care solution. This is why we decided, on May 19 to resolve our differences with the Peebles Corporation, the second-highest bidder, because Peebles promised to conduct a meaningful medical-needs assessment to determine whether the LICH-catchment area needed a hospital and, if so, to restore one under reasonable feasibility conditions. SUNY, after encouraging our settlement with Peebles, inexplicably reversed course and discontinued negotiations with Peebles. We stand by that settlement and we support Peebles in their continuing quest to take over health-care operations at LICH. Peebles has filed a protest with DOH, and we hope Peebles succeeds in reversing that decision.&nbsp;</p> <p>We want to be clear: From the beginning, there were indications that SUNY favored the Fortis Group, the third-ranking proposer, over the other bidders. The RFP process has raised real questions &ndash; that need to be answered &ndash; about whether Peebles, one of the largest and most prestigious minority-owned real-estate development companies in the country, was shut out merely because of Fortis&rsquo; political influence and connections. We say this, mindful of the report issued by the Commission to Investigate Public Corruption on December 2, 2013, detailing its searing findings on the corruption, pay-to-play culture, and conflicts of interests in our state government. Accordingly, with local emergency rooms now seriously overcrowded and refusing patients, we call upon the Department of Justice, the King&rsquo;s County District Attorney, the New York State Attorney General, and the New York State Inspector General to investigate the process by which SUNY awarded a contract to Fortis and deprived the burgeoning downtown and northwest Brooklyn community of critical medical services.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> </body> </html> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 REPORT ON STATUS OF LICH <html dir="ltr"> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p>&nbsp;<strong>THE STATUS OF LICH</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>On June 14, NYS Supreme Court Judge Baynes announced his decision to dismiss the LICH advocates' motion.&nbsp; This&nbsp; means that SUNY&nbsp;is now free to close the hospital,&nbsp; and to continue its negotiations with Fortis, a developer who plans to build residential condos with&nbsp; a much reduced medical facility on the LICH site. See below for more background on our litigation which has sought to keep LICH&nbsp;open as a full service hospital. Excerpted <a href="">here</a> is a description of health care services Fortis proposed to offer at LICH.&nbsp;</p> <p>On May 28, 2014, SUNY announced that it had suspended negotiations with the second-highest bidder, Peebles. While Peebles had not proposed a full-service hospital, it signed a Statement of Principles with the community groups, including BHA, who are plaintiffs in the case before Judge Baynes.</p> <p>Peebles agreed to provide 'necessary' medical services to be identified in a community health assessment which would be conducted by an independent entity. In announcing its unilateral decision to abandon negotiations with Peebles, SUNY said that Peebles, like BHP (the winning bidder previously rejected by SUNY), had made promises it could not deliver. Afterward, a Peebles representative told a reporter for the Brooklyn Eagle that SUNY had not met with them after Peebles signed the Statement of Principles with community groups.</p> <p>SUNY immediately began negotiating with Fortis, the developer SUNY had awarded LICH to after the first RFP. Fortis' proposal, with NYU Langone and Lutheran Health Care, included a free-standing ER and certain ambulatory services but not a full-service hospital -- as well as rental, condo, and townhouse units.</p> <p>(Inasmuch as non-hospital providers use the terms, it is important to be clear what a 'free-standing ER' or 'critical care center' is and what it is not. Unlike a hospital, such facilities would provide no surgical services or in-patient beds. Thus, despite what it may sound like, such facilities cannot treat a person suffering a stroke or heart attack or a child requiring an appendectomy or a pregnant woman who is bleeding.)</p> <p>On June 3, Gibson Dunn Attorney Jim Walden, on behalf of the plaintiffs, appeared before Judge Baynes to argue our motion that the evaluation process was flawed and that certain evaluations should accordingly be disqualified. The result would be that Prime Healthcare would have the highest score. Prime, which operates 25 hospitals, proposed a full-service hospital for the LICH site.</p> <p>The motion is based on the fact that under the settlement agreement with SUNY, proposals lacking medical services, including ER's, intensive care units, and at least 100 inpatient beds, were &ldquo;subject to&rdquo; receiving lower technical scores. In the most egregious example, one of SUNY's evaluators had given ''0's' to all proposals that included a full-service hospital and a perfect score of '70' to the Fortis proposal which did not.</p> <p>Prior to argument on the motion, Walden asked the court for time to meet with Fortis to see if Fortis, like Peebles, were willing to sign a Statement of Principles, requiring medical facilities based on a community health assessment. Judge Baynes granted an adjournment to the afternoon, in the interest of resolving the matter.Walden&nbsp; requested, in addition, that Fortis agree to provide an HIV clinic, a dialysis center, and a medical facility in Red Hook. Fortis, however, has been unwilling to sign.</p> <p>On June 10, Judge Baynes heard argument from LICH community plaintiffs, SUNY, DOH, 1199 (opposing the motion), NYSNA (the nurses, who took no position), and on June 14th he reached his decision to dismiss our motion.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller;">Posted 6/20/14</span></p> </body> </html> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400