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Deal to replace NYU at LICH “almost impossible”: report

State officials say potential bidders are wary following a flurry of legal actions
September 22, 2014 06:20PM

Fear of becoming embroiled in a lengthy legal battle contributed to NYU Langone Medical Center’s decision to step away from a potentially lucrative deal to operate a facility at Long Island College Hospital. Now, the same worry could keep another hospital from taking NYU’s place.

The state has held conversations with more than one potential operator, but the bulk of litigation surrounding the project is making bidders reluctant, a state official with knowledge of the talks told Capital New York. That could leave Fortis Property Group without an operator for the limited medical facility that it agreed to establish when it bid $240 million for the state-owned site, where it plans to build luxury residences.

“People are working around the clock … and expectations are low,” the state official told the news site. “To have anyone come in and offer what NYU was proposing seems almost impossible.”

Judge Johnny Lee Baynes, a Brooklyn Supreme Court justice, advised the New York State Nurses Union to file suit against NYU Langone and Fortis to resolve a dispute over hiring at the medical component of the site. Sources told Capital New York that NYU officials believed Baynes was trying to get them to commit to a larger operation than they originally proposed.

“[Justice Johnny Lee] Baynes has been pushing for a full service [hospital] for months,” a state official told the news site. [Capital NY]Tom DiChristopher

  • Tim

    What a mess. Didn’t our
    bozo Mayor champion the involvement of the community groups, unions, etc as a
    model of how these deals should come together for solving the larger Brooklyn
    healthcare crisis?

  • Osito

    Just shut the hospital down already, and sell the land for market rate residential development. Let the greedy unions and idiot mayor clean up the mess.

    Stop wasting everyone’s time and money, there’s no great need for more hospitals in NYC given that patient stays are much shorter than in the past, even with a growing population.

  • no-permits

    it’s clear now why this hospital went bankrupt. all the bureaucracy, politics and back room deals killed it.

  • art

    What a mess all this is with the hospital.
    Such a shame over a hospital but if it was a developer for condos they would be breaking grown now and that is what is probably gonna happen…such a shame.
    Where is DuhBlasio now?
    Just saying…

  • Perryr

    Out with the old. In with the new

  • gbkm

    Has the state held any of those round-the-clock conversations with the bidder whose proposal in next in line? That bidder, prime health corp, has already announced to brooklyn eagle that he’s still interested.