Judge delays Cobble Hill hospital sale amid hiring dispute

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

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.

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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