Cobble Hill

Brooklyn judge rejects doctor’s attempt to put sale of LICH on hold

October 22, 2014 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Dr. Jon Berall in court for LICH. Photo by Mary Frost
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State Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes on Tuesday rejected a motion by a Brooklyn doctor seeking to put the sale of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) to Fortis Property Group on hold.

Brooklyn resident Dr. Jon Berall asked the court to stay the transfer from SUNY to Fortis until legal issues are review by the Appellate Court.

Justice Baynes had previously denied Berall’s motion to reexamine the RFP (Request for Proposals) that the sale of LICH was based upon. Berall said that the RFP should be re-examined “due to flawed scoring and breach of the terms of the settlement stipulation.” He said he will pursue the appeal.

SUNY has announced it plans to go forward with the sale of the Cobble Hill hospital to a developer after reaching agreement with NYU to maintain a walk-in emergency clinic there.

Residents, community groups and local officials have fought the sale for almost two years.

A march to protest the sale is planned for Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.  Organizers say it will start at Nevins Street and Atlantic Avenue and proceed down Atlantic Avenue to conclude at Hicks Street and Atlantic Avenue.

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