Last-ditch LICH! Activists hold rally to stave off impending sale

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They are still alive and kicking — even if their hospital is not.

Supporters of Long Island College Hospital staged a rally outside a Downtown courthouse on Thursday in a last-ditch effort to try to save the hospital before the building’s sale is scheduled to close on April 30.

Opponents of the hospital’s impending conversion into fancy condominiums crowded outside the appellate court in an attempt to get judges to hear a last-minute court case against the sale of the building. The situation is literally a matter of life and death, said one activist.

“This is just evil,” said Jon Berall, a doctor and Brooklyn Heights resident. “People are going to die so that luxury condos can be built.”

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli approved the sale of the medical campus on Oct. 28, paving the way for the campus’s conversion by real estate firm Fortis Property Group.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Charles from Bklyn says:
This is a perfect example of modern day government corruption. A state owed facility that was serving the community is sold to the lowest bidder who is a financial supporter of the governor. Where is the outrage? Where is the mayor? What have we become? Answer: tools.
April 24, 2015, 12:57 pm
B Siegel from New York says:
Louis Kestenbaum the winner of this corrupted give away tax dollar low bid on LICH Gave thousands of dollars to the Gov. Andrew Cuomo campaign. His son Joel Kestenbaum and Moses Kestenbaum the brother of Louis gave separately thousands of dollars. The Government funded organization that the kestenbaum family runs called the ODA gave big bucks for the campaign. this is corruption of the highest order The Governor wanted the demise of the Moreland Commission : The high price of avoiding a fundamental overhaul of the broken political system. This is a criminal give away of US taxpayer money. Where is Preet Bharara ? Or is Preet Bharara only going after the Jews and the Irish and not touching Italians?
April 27, 2015, 1:18 pm
Judy from Carroll Gardens says:
The zoning of all of our remaining hospitals should be changed so that they will not be such a tempting prize for the politically well connected.
May 2, 2015, 3:41 pm

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