Monday, February 10, 2014

SUNY - LICH Contempt Hearing Put Off Until Thursday; Developers Must Have Major Questions...

The four developers still bidding for LICH must have a number of questions at the moment. SUNY's board of trustees and various SUNY Downstate notables are likely going to be compelled to testify before state Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes in Brooklyn on Thursday for totally blowing off a half dozen of his orders to keep Long Island College Hospital (LICH) open.

LICH contempt hearing postponed again as SUNY talks in progress [Brooklyn Eagle]

UPDATE: Thursday's snowstorm pushed the hearing off till next Tuesday, February 18.

Though it's likely that one or two members of the board could claim they had no idea what the hell Dr. Williams was doing down in the wilds of Brooklyn, the board bears the ultimate responsibility for SUNY Downstate's actions: They hired Dr. Williams, they paid for all the lawyers and all the security guards, they approved the wildly illegitimate RFP (Request for Proposals) crafted for developers, they even sat through Friday's developer presentation as if it was legitimate.

Besides fines, jail time, etc., the trustees should have to make up the roughly $200 million dollars worth of paying customers SUNY turned away from LICH over the past year.

Whose idea was it to turn away all the patients, stop billing, fire the doctors and lock the doors to prevent LICH from making money -- even as Justice Baynes was calmly saying over and over, "You can't do that."

Hint: The only reason it makes sense to turn away paying customers and lose millions for SUNY is if a deal was made in advance with a developer to turn the property over empty.

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