Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Brooklyn Fights for Its Life But Sees Death on the Way to the Hospital

Hello from CORD!
This urgent letter is from our friend Roy Sloane and the Cobble Hill Association:

"Hi all,

We need your help to help save LICH!

As you all all aware, SUNY Downstate is moving forward with it's plans to close LICH to convert it's real estate valued at $500 to $800 million into cash to prop up the immense loses at SUNY Downstate. Since the beginnIng of this crisis, I have asked every doctor, nurse, EMT, ambulance driver and paramedic this question: "Will people die?"

The answer from every single professional that I have asked is "Yes!" To dramatize this danger, the Cobble Hill Association has created a TV commercial called "LICH Two Minutes to Live" and will be launching our campaign on of thirty second spots on NEW YORK ONE this week.

This proposed closure of our hospital represents a grave danger for for all the nearly 1 million people who live, work, shop, and play in Downtown Brooklyn but most especially for the residents of the surrounding communities who depend on Long Island College Hospital for critical emergency care. Going further to get to another hospital spells disaster or death for many stroke, cardiac and accident victims.

To help us call attention to this danger, we are asking for your help in posting this spot on your blog or web site along with a call to action requesting that all citizens to call Governor Cuomo today at 518-474-8390 or to send an email to Cuomo at: www.governor.ny.gov/contact/Go

For more information, go to the Doctors website: www.lichmedicalstaff.org
or to the Cobble Hill Association website: http://cobblehillassociation.blogspot.com/

Here's the link to the spot on Youtube, if you would prefer to distribute a link:


I am also including the following attachments to help provide an important fact base and timeline, key point and a press release with quotes about the making of our commercial.

Attachments: “Two Minutes to Live” :30
LICH and SUNY facts provided by CHA.pdf
LICH-Seven Key Points Fact Sheet.pdf

Thank you for your help in getting this important message out to our community residents."

Roy Sloane


With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........