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Judge delays Cobble Hill hospital sale amid hiring dispute

Fortis Property Group accused of violating deal by not employing laid-off nurses

August 28, 2014 08:30AM

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339 Hicks Street and Fortis’ Joel Kestenbaum

339 Hicks Street and Fortis’ Joel Kestenbaum

SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s sale of the Long Island College Hospital hit yet another snag yesterday after a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge ordered a delay.

The New York State Nurses Association was granted a temporary restraining order that halted a purchase of the Cobble Hill facility by Fortis Property Group, Lutheran Family Health Center and NYU Langone Medical Center. The union alleged that the buyers did not hire nurses who had been laid off, thus violating an agreement.

Fortis and the other buyers hired one laid-off nurse out of more than five applicants, according to court documents cited by DNAinfo.

An attorney for the nurses association said the buyers are “violating their clear and material commitment” by failing to employ registered nurses from Long Island College Hospital.

Earlier this month, affordable housing developer L+M Development Partners quit the redevelopment project, as previously reported. [DNAinfo]Mark Maurer

  • Glenn

    The reality is the Ex-LICH employees are seen as problematic and no one wants to hire them. NYSNA filled suit to assist them. Many of NYC Health Care centers are trying to avoid hiring these Ex LICH employees now.

    • B K

      Hi again there Troll, it Seems you never get tired of making up stories & different blog names to write them under — but sorry bub, youre wrong & completely clueless.

      • Glenn

        I think not ex-LICH employee

    • Between Smith and Court

      “Problematic” ? As in

  • Chuck W

    Fortis’ Joel Kestenbaum has only his pocket in mind, he doesn’t give a hood about the community or keeping the hospital open. The community was warned beforehand that Fortis Kestenbaum is up to no good and will shut LICH as soon as they can. The travesty is that the state gave away the property for half its real market value, I hope that a major criminal investigation will uncover the greed that was involved in the LICH sale.

  • avi cuker

    Well, Good Morning America! THE KESTENBAUMS ARE KNOWN IN THE COMMUNITY AS THIEVES. ITS A HEREDITARY GENE FOR THEM TO STEAL. LIKE FATHER LOUIS KESTENBAUM SO IS SON JOEL KESTENBAUM. CHECK THEM OUT, THEY STOLE FROM PROCTOR & GAMBLE IN OHIO MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. THEY ARE OPERATING UNDER NON PROFIT ENTITIES IN ORDER TO ENRICH THEMSELVES. THEY ARE BILKING OUT MILLIONS FROM OUR MEDICAID SYSTEM THROUGH THEIR NON PROFIT ODA AND OUR TAXPAYER MONEY. JOEL KESTENBAUM NEVER WORKED IN HIS LIFE OTHER THAN TO STEAL.

    TIME THE AG TO COME IN AND SEIZE THEIR ASSETS FROM STOLEN GAINS.

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