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Zephyr Teachout takes on LICH redevelopment

The gubernatorial hopeful criticized Governor Cuomo’s silence on the issue

August 31, 2014 03:00PM

Zephyr Teachout and Long Island College Hospital

Zephyr Teachout and Long Island College Hospital

Gubernatorial hopeful Zephyr Teachout is calling out Governor Andrew Cuomo over the long-running Long Island College Hospital debacle.

Yesterday, Teachout criticized Cuomo for remaining silent about the future of LICH in Cobble Hill, in light of SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s decision to sell the facility to developers who plan to bring housing to the site.

She also criticized the bidding process at the facility and is calling for an investigation, according to NY1.

“That bidding process looks a lot like the bidding process that I studied when I was studying corruption in Bosnia. When you’re supposed to bid for a high quality hospital and you end up confusing high quality medical care with luxury condo development—that does not make any sense, unless there’s money behind it,” Teachout said.

Earlier this month, affordable housing developer L+M Development Partners quit the redevelopment project leaving the affordable housing aspect of the redevelopment uncertain. [NY1] Christopher Cameron

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