Cuomo and de Blasio unite in push for $1 billion waiver for Brooklyn hospitals
Cuomo: February is the last chance
Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, at a Monday news conference in Albany, presented a united front in their plea to the federal government to act immediately on New York State’s $10 billion Medicaid Waiver request, of which $1 billion would go towards transforming teetering Brooklyn hospitals.
“Help delayed is help denied,” Governor Cuomo warned. “If we don’t get help, hospitals will collapse.”
Mayor de Blasio told representatives from Brooklyn gathered in the Red Room that the $1 billion would have “a seismic impact for the long term.”
“We’ve been living hand to mouth, and in the court system,” de Blasio said, referring to the year-long battles waged by supporters of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill and Interfaith Medical Center in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Brookdale University Hospital, in eastern Brooklyn, is also on the brink. De Blasio, when Public Advocate, was arrested during the fight to save the LICH from closure by the state.