The emergency room at Long Island College Hospital could be reopened as soon as Tuesday, after Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Carolyn Demarest ordered ambulances back to the financially-troubled building immediately after Labor Day. However, the State University of New York, which lost control of the building estimated to be worth $1 billon, has not yet revealed if it intends to comply.
According to Brooklyn Paper, when asked if ambulance service, the intensive care unit and the full emergency department will be reopened by the court ordered date of September 3, university spokesperson Robert Bellafiore said:
“Do you know what you’re going to eat for lunch next Tuesday? That’s like saying that [New York Yankees owner George] Steinbrenner ordered the Yankees to win the World Series and so they will.”
Bellafiore added that the state is “working in good faith with all the judges to settle all the issues surrounding Long Island College Hospital.”
The Cobble Hill hospital had come under SUNY’s management back in 2011. It subsequently lost control of the buillding in court in August. [Brooklyn Paper] —Christopher Cameron