By Charisma L. Miller, Esq.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
In the protracted battle to keep Long Island College Hospital (LICH) open, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center (SUNY Downstate) finds itself ordered to appear in yet another courtroom.
Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Demarest ordered SUNY to provide the court with a report regarding property transactions between LICH and SUNY. As previously reported in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, in May 2011, LICH requested and was granted the opportunity to transfer some of its assets to SUNY.
The order was granted under the express declaration that “SUNY Downstate will continue [LICH’s] operation as a hospital.” SUNY Downstate has since made clear its intent to close LICH and end its existence as a functioning hospital, despite its 2011 declaration.
In June 2013, Demarest ordered SUNY to provide an accounting of the property transfer and related monies in an attempt to ensure that the parameters of the 2011 order were being adhered to. SUNY gave the report to the court by the due date of Aug. 5.
SUNY’s attorneys have asked that the court only allow a redacted version of the report to be publicly filed — with SUNY making redactions of sensitive and confidential information. The unredacted version would remain in Demarest’s chambers.
All parties, including Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio, who has filed lawsuits in his official capacity in support of keeping LICH open, are scheduled to appear in front of Demarest on Aug 20 to argue their cases as to why the financial report should – or shouldn’t -- be redacted.