Friday, February 7, 2014

Video: Bidders Pitch Their Proposals for LICH in Brooklyn

After Wednesday night's snafu, a televised presentation featuring five of the bidders in SUNY’s crazy Long Island College Hospital (LICH) firesale is now available for viewing above or on TV on Friday on BRIC's community access Brooklyn Public Network.

The program put together by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was initially scheduled to air Wednesday night at 9:30 PM, but was delayed "due to technical difficulties experienced by BRIC/BIM."

This caused no end of aggrevation among those gathered at our LICH pizza party. (We were out $12.)

The Brooklyn Eagle has a synopsis of the hour-long show. Here's one interesting note:

"All five of the presenters said they had met with community organizations and had the backing of local leaders. But local leaders contacted by the Brooklyn Eagle on Thursday said that was news to them."

Our favorite quote:

"Jeff Strabone, spokesperson for the Cobble Hill Association (CHA), when asked if any of the developers reached out to the group, replied, 'Hahahaha!'"

Attorney Jim Walden of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, said, “There is no sense commenting on or reacting to any of the proposals, since this process has no chance whatsoever of withstanding legal scrutiny."

SUNY was apparently going to vote on the proposals Friday but, like the animated cartoon character Morph, the bids are actually changing before our very eyes. Example: Brisa group is reportedly saying it has partnered with North Shore-LIJ, but North Shore says it hasn't. Brooklyn Hospital says it will kinda with Mt. Sinai.

BTW, Related Companies will throw SUNY an extra hundred million if they get the LICH property rezoned.

If you'd rather watch the show on TV,  it is airing on the Brooklyn Public Network, which can be found on Cablevision (Channel 69), Time Warner Cable (Channel 56), RCN (Channel 84), Verizon FIOS (Channel 44) or on their website’s Channel 3 at Times:  Friday, February 7th at 1:00 PM, 2:15 PM, 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM.

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