Brooklyn Health Partners sues SUNY

Nixed LICH developer sues state, claiming chicanery

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The spurned top bidder for Long Island College Hospital is suing the State University of New York, arguing the state has sabotaged negotiations that would result in the full-service hospital that activists have long rallied for.

The state told Brooklyn Health Partners that it was unable to “execute a satisfactory contract agreement” with the medical developer on Monday. But reps for Brooklyn Health Partners, who say it has already put down a $25-million down-payment, want a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge to force the state to negotiate with them for 10 more days and halt all discussions with the second-placed company that wants to dismantle the Cobble Hill hospital and build mostly housing in its place, according to a petition filed on Wednesday.

“Last week, the judge asked that we present him with the $25 million non-refundable deposit as our ‘good faith’ showing that BHP is committed to building the citizens for Brooklyn a full-service hospital,” Brooklyn Health Partners spokeswoman Donnette Donbar said. “We look forward to continuing that conversation with both Judge Baynes and the State University of New York.”

The state has never supported the continuation of a full-service hospital, according to the complaint, which argues that university reps stopped negotiating with Brooklyn Health Partners from April 25, when both parties apparently agreed to changes on the purchase and sale agreement, until May 3, when the court called for talks to proceed. The university also allegedly did not provide the medical developer with two drafts of interim hospital space leases and a draft of property deeds until that day, just shy of Brooklyn Health Partners’ May 5 deadline to put down the deposit on its $250 million purchase.

The state also sent a letter to Brooklyn Health Partners in late April that “fabricated issues where no genuine issues existed, imposed new, unilateral and unnecessary deadlines, and misrepresented material facts,” and laid out the state’s supposedly baseless preliminary claim that the bidder could not meet the terms of its proposal, the complaint alleges.

A state spokesman declined to comment.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Arnie says:
This time its not just the LICH staff & community leaders saying it. Sabotage & lies are SUNY's m.o. It's the way this state operates. Brooklyn should remember on election day that Big changes are needed in Albany.
May 7, 2014, 10:58 pm
Charles from Bklyn says:
I would not give the State University the benefit of the doubt here. And I love how quickly a private housing developer gets the land after the State U was stopped from doing the same thing a few months back.
May 8, 2014, 2:36 pm
LICH Lies from Bayridge says:
I have never in my life as a Brooklyn resident seen such a selfserving bunch of people as the supporters of LICH. They tell lie after lie and expect people to believe them.
May 8, 2014, 3:25 pm
Bob from Brooklyn says:
SUNY is out May22, come due to the settlement. LICH may sit empty for years and years while lawyers get rich as this weaves it's way through judicial system. We can write all we want but LICH is DOA come May 22nd. It is time to face reality and make the best of this situation.
May 8, 2014, 3:28 pm

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