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Mayoral candidates protest hospital-to-condo conversions

August 20, 2013 01:30PM

As New York City’s mayoral race draws to a close, candidates are vigorously jumping on an 11th hour issue: hospital closings and condominium conversions.

Bill de Blasio took center stage at a “Hospitals not Condos” rally Monday, touting his plan to keep more hospitals from shutting their doors, while fellow Democrat Christine Quinn set up shop in front of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital in the West Village, which closed as a medical facility in 2010. Rudin Management is now converting the campus to condos under the name Greenwich Lane.

“This is a visceral, powerful issue, and it gets to the question of who voters view as a fighter, who voters view as a leader,” Kenneth Sherrill, a professor emeritus of political science at Hunter College, told the Journal.

De Blasio jumped on the issue with particular gusto, getting arrested at a demonstration against the closure of the Long Island College Hospital at 339 Hicks Street in Cobble Hill. Quinn was once active on the issue as well — her City Council district covers St. Vincent’s. But the issue’s task force has been out of operation since 2009, and the council hasn’t held hearings on the likely closing of the Interfaith Medical Center at 1545 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.

De Blasio has enjoyed an upswing in the polls since latching onto the hospital issue, and Quinn has expressed a renewed entrance as well. A commission to plan an overhaul of the city’s health-care delivery was created Friday at her behest. [WSJ]Julie Strickland

  • FreeMarketeer


    • Crian Bashman

      You are right, the government has no business getting involved in issues that affect the lives and livelihood of the people.


      • LibertarianNewYorker

        Brian Cashman:

        “Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.”

        Thomas Paine

        • Crian Bashman

          Every well studied economic theory works in THEORY. In action the results vary. The US backbone is the middle class, which is artificial.

          Libertarians are passionate, but lack understanding of the real world. Your market corrections risk the lives of millions of people that aren’t affluent. Libertarianism is just human Darwinism. but only the richest survive.

          • FreeMarketeer

            That’s just plain false. The middle class emerged in this country through relatively free markets (no market is completely unhampered, unfortunately). Fewer regulations and red tape made it possible for more competition to enter the market – which resulted in more job – and lower prices on goods while achieving higher quality. I do understand the so-called “real world” and it needs to be repaired. I agree you with you 100% that today’s real world doesn’t create opportunity for many. The “well studied economic theory” that has been most prevalent in this country (and most disastrous) is Keynsianism. The theory that spending creates prosperity and growth and that government spending during times of contractions can somehow eliminate the extent of corrections. This has been a calamity here and throughout the world. Cause we all know that once government starts spending, it can’t stop – and more times than not, actually increases. This is why we’re in such dire debt and this is why our unconstitutional Federal reserve is hell bent on devaluing our currency.

          • Crian Bashman

            The US middle class was a direct result of WWII post war destruction all over Europe and Japan. The unskilled American worker could command a middle class living, because corporations had nowhere else to go to find labor. Once emerging markets opened up and new competition was created that will do the work for pennies on the dollar, the US middle class became the loser.

            Now since we don’t create anything, the middle class is relegated to service sector jobs that don’t typically pay well, while the wealthier get wealthier by utilizing cheap labor in Asia. While wages are increasing in Asia, the same powers that be are setting the stage for Africa to be the next frontier of cheap labor. The Chinese middle-class is the next loser.

            The Fed shares some responsibility for this, but ultimately it is a mixture of the free market going global and policies that are set by corporations and the most rich to remain rich.

          • LibertarianNewYorker

            Oh, the good ol’ globalization argument. Such a banal liberal argument. We don’t create anything in this country because of the corporate tax code, unionization, and a highly obstructionist regulatory environment. Would the elimination of these things mean that there would be ZERO outsourcing….of course not. The globalization argument is very similar to the technology argument – where automation and robotics are replacing humans. Companies want to manufacture here – it’s far easier to manage an operation locally. But our government has made it too expensive and too difficult. Your theories are all built on fallacies. You need to understand basic economics and real american history – not the garbage that the liberal educational system is feeding you.

          • Crian Bashman

            No the fact that we have a standard of living that isn’t equal to the poorest regions of the world for even our least fortunate is why companies don’t want to manufacture here. Because they are expected to pay more than 5 cents an hour for the production of a product sells for over $150 a unit.

            There were no other cheap alternatives during the time where our middle-class thrived. Corporations laid the groundwork to move production abroad so they can increase profits by paying for essentially slave labor. Sure corporations would rather manufacture here if it was lawless like most of the 3rd world, I guess that is what you are lobbying for.

            You keep harping on this liberal agenda, because it is your straw man. I am not a liberal, I am a realist who doesn’t read from the bible of David Koch.

    • scottrose

      Do you say the same about government subsidies to big agriculture?

  • You’ve really impressed me with that anwesr!