BRC joins Sunday’s march for LICH as Ebola reaches NYC

27 Oct

Our City is in an Ebola scare — and our community still marches, still fights for LICH to remain a full service hospital. The paradox struck more than a few of us at the march…

Both our NYC Mayor and NYS Governor are locked in a series of national media conferences, falling over each other to be The Face of the crisis. To appear like they are in control, which we all know they are not — not of the crisis and not of their own images. Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan has what?.. one or two hospital beds dedicated to the treatment as per CDC guidance and compliance? NJ just quarantined, then let go another nurse returning from African service vs. Ebola? Yet, our Mayor and our Governor have NO TIME to visit our community — and openly take responsibility for selling a hospital that a million Brooklyn residents and visitors need. There’s now an ENTIRE HOSPITAL AT LICH that now sits empty. Capable of a national quarantine protocol or anyone entering and suspect from Newark, JFK? But neither Gov. Cuomo nor Mayor DeBlasio can mention that? (Its simply no longer on their minds?).

Sunday’s march was a focus on asking DiNapoli (our Comptroller) and Scheiderman (or State’s Attorney General) to not sign-off on the LICH deal. That a letter was penned and signed by local elected officials — in hopes that these two, that have all but ignored the LICH issue across 2013 and 2014, would now act? No mention of LICH was passed at both their local debates. No signs, but the ones held by Sunday’s protestors — are connected to their concern about our issue.

But the rally was strong, and again it felt good to see how our community can rise as one — and knows how to defend itself.

Democrats’ pettiness comes out, anyhow.

On Sunday, local reporters were told (by Democrat candidates, officials at that)… that the Brownstone Club is just showing up to use the event for politics.

Insulting, as four of our members volunteered their time to help organize the event on behalf of Patients for LICH, made and supported the production of its materials/hand-signs and contacted people to promote the event. Brownstone wasn’t mentioned in the press release (and we don’t exist for self-lauding as many in politics do). But clearly, some promoters had used the fact that Republicans and Democrats were coming together for the issue of saving LICH. That much is fine, its truthful and its always been the case.  While local Democrats also band-up in front of cameras, our members are just part of the crowd. Supportive. Vocal. Uncaring of the politics, rather for the need/vitality of the hospital and surrounding healthcare infrastructure — that’s been attacked by Governor Cuomo, SUNY and NYS Dept. of Health. The issue matters. Not using it. To us, anyway.

It was hurtful that local Democrats would whisper to reporters that we’re only there now, as if we’ve come late to the fight (with an agenda)? This clearly is not only an untruth for anyone that’s been around for the last few years — as even our blog (here) has a chronological account. We’ve marched across the Brooklyn Bridge. We’ve funded Doctors for LICH for years. Our members live and breathe all-thing for LICH, as we’re part of the fabric of this community. We’ve been to the meetings, the rallies, the many events. We’ve enlisted Mayoral candidates to the issue — long before it was used by then candidate Bill DeBlasio (last July) to gain an edge over Mr. Thompson. We’ve discussed LICH with a littany of elected officials, media members and community members. Many BRC members additionally were born at LICH (something that no local elected official can say). For 150+ years, LICH was vital to our community — and still is.

THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT we are doing all we can vs. the One Party system, that has Elected Officials playing one game in public — but doing as close to nothing by way of legislation at the State, NYC or Federal levels to address what is a CRIME (but speaking at protests for the cameras?). Our Republican candidate for Assembly, John Jasilli, said so in sharp wording. At some point, the community will understand what he meant. How could our State and Legislative members not have put across tandem legislation or a hearing?

Our community is up in arms — only it isn’t made to know that the enemy has been the duplicity of our Public officials all along?

http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2014/10/27/march-lich-draws-chanting-crowd-atlantic-ave-brooklyn

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Brownstone marches for LICH — but WHERE is Rob Astorino?

22 Oct

Protest march is set, rain or shine on Atlantic Avenue — starting 1 pm this upcoming Sunday at Nevins Street, down to LICH (at Hicks Street).

LICH is Governor Cuomo’s political Achilles Heel — and its all right-there for Rob Astorino. Still.

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While scoring in the only scheduled debate tonight in the NY Governor’s race… nevertheless, Rob Astorino’s campaign missed (again) what might have delivered him the election. Astorino said early in 2014 that he needed but 30% of NYC — and that could’ve been assured, had the people of Brooklyn (and media across NYC) witnessed a GOP candidate showing how much he cared. This issue, remember, made a Mayor out of DeBlasio.. as he persuaded the locals that he’d champion the cause and fight for LICH (locals that mostly knew him far differently, as more of an opportunist for 20+ years). If this is what drives and motivates politicians: DeBlasio went from 7% to 24% in two weeks, after famously being arrested (on camera) at a protest.

On Sunday, October 26th at 1 pm on Atlantic Avenue (at Nevins Street) many 100s of local community members, including many active Brownstone members — will march to LICH. Our Brownstone members have emailed, made calls, prepared press releases, helped the organizers behind the scenes. (Dr. Jon Berall is depicted). lich-dr-jon_berallThere’s NO doubt that local Democrat officials will show, get to the front and continue the pretense they have something to do with the solution — when we ALL know they will not use the c-word. They won’t say Cuomo’s at fault, especially on camera. If people vote for our John Jasilli for State Assembly in the 52nd A.D. — he’d mentioned Cuomo’s name and be a Godsend for locals. He’d investigate and expose the connections with SUNY and NYS Dept. of Health, and why exactly it is that LICH isn’t currently an operating full-service hospital.

Rob Astorino should attend, as everyone here KNOWs the assault on our local hospital by NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo is his Achilles Heel.  Cuomo doesn’t care. Astorino could have shown he does. He could have opposed the Governor, saying so to his face on television — but that chance is now gone.

In the manner that someone named “Zephyr Teachout” beat Cuomo 2-to-1 across our areas in September’s primary.. in the manner where Mayor DeBlasio’s hand-picked successor to our Assemblywoman Joan Millman was routed… both, because all across our areas, voters were treated to a campaign promise (of fighting for LICH) ignored within weeks of his inauguration. When DeBlasio sided with Gov. Cuomo, then sent mail locally about how the closing was actually a better deal for the 1,000s that have been fighting, protesting, funding court battles for over a year, etc. — people had enough with the Mayor. LICH is more important. They need a hero. Rob Astorino could have, should have seen this — and we’ve tried to reach his campaign 100 ways to Sunday.

Now, we’ll take to the streets on Sunday ourselves. Again.

Fighting the Battle vs. Cuomo.

The community’s fight has long been abandoned by elected officials, mostly local Democrats that have found some tall grass to hide in from both Gov. Cuomo and their constituents. An organization now taking the lead in this fight is “Patients for LICH”click here for a recent court try/battle — a pithy name for local neighbors that naturally understand the importance of this 150+ year old hospital, far more than our elected officials and their promises, rhetoric and back-tracking. Mayor DeBlasio? Cannot find him. Councilmembers? Assemblywoman? State Senator Squadron.. all suddenly AWOL and unreachable for quotes by our local media, with the Governor’s race at hand. All “good Democrats” for Andrew — and turning their backs on the 100,000s of us that live, travel and depend on LICH. And yet, this year they cannot blame “Republicans” as our candidate John Jasilli has vowed to shed the light on the NY State’s role in closing a viable hospital.

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Tonight’s meeting features Frank Morano of 970 AM

29 Sep

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Frank Morano of 970 AM The Answer (click for show’s webpage)

On Monday evening at 7pm, the BRC will reconvene and review what’s going on throughout our community. We’ll also have our Republican candidate for the 52nd A.D., John Jasilli on hand — and will open our forum as usual in the 2nd hour.

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NY State bureaucracy kills manufacturer in Carroll Gardens /Gowanus area.

8 Jul

(NY Daily News)

Statewide Fireproof Door Company in Carroll Gardens (Gowanus area) operating for 49 years, will soon close its doors after seeing it’s “workman comp” insurance rates increase 380% for six workers. President Darrel Caneiro appealed to a number of LOCAL POLS to fix the problem, but says ultimately: “bureaucracy killed us”.
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“This is a story about how a state bureaucracy killed a vital Brooklyn factory.

“It’s the wrong way to die,” says Darrell Caneiro, president of Statewide Fireproof Door Co. in Carroll Gardens. “Since last year the New York State Compensation Rating Board raised my workman comp insurance rates 380% for my six workers in a small family business. It has killed us. We will shut the door of Statewide Door for the last time, after 49 years, in 10 days.”

Who pays the compensation to a neighborhood when one of its only manufacturing plants, an honest to goodness factory that makes real stuff — residential and commercial fire doors that you see on boiler rooms, movie theater fire exits, hospitals, schools and apartment houses all over Brooklyn — has been killed by a bloodless bureaucracy that literally pounced like a vampire and sucked the blood out of its neck?”

LINK TO FULL STORY. 

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Mets Opening Day – Mayor DeBlasio throws 1st pitch and is widely BOOed.

31 Mar

deB While one sportswriter in the NY Daily News yesterday wondered if he’ll even get there by the 4th inning… today, Mayor DeBlasio is honored by the NY Mets. He’s scheduled to toss the ceremonial 1st pitch of the season at around 1:10 pm. Wonder how the crowd will receive him, or if he’ll wear a Mets or Red Sox cap? HERE IS THE VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIbMCzcPeZw Added midday (click to view the link above for Mayor DeBlasio in a Mets uniform): Without the protective shell of our City Hall Press Corps, we get an earful of what New York really thinks about him. # # #

LICH in the balance. Nine proposals presented at St. Francis College this evening.

25 Mar

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As was announced during our March meeting (last night, post to come), concerned residents of Brooklyn can visit St. Francis College tonight (180 Remsen Street) for a public presentation of the 9 proposals for Long Island College Hospital LICH). The session is slated to begin at 6 pm and is being run by 7 community organizations including the Cobble Hill Association and CGNA.

Many of our Brownstone members have supported the legal fight vs. approaches of NY State all along, and certainly will attend — as this issue is essentially ‘life or death’ to many 100,000s of residents, visitors and workers across Brooklyn Heights, Downtown, Red Hook and Brownstone Brooklyn. Our hospital has been here for 150 years, and ahead of the Bridge – and Brooklyn itself was designed with it as a foundation. It’s a vital part of our community and its well-being/healthcare, and was a ‘teaching hospital’ until beset by NY State mismanagement (recently). Baby boomers getting older is fact of American life. We will lose untold neighbors of LICH is allowed to fall to the highest bidder. The community wants a FULL SERVICE HOSPITAL — like what had existed before State agencies began managing LICH into the ground, seemingly in order to capitalize on its real estate.

Even with the $8 BILLION that’s come back to NYC for the health of our hospitals — NY State had chosen to sell the real estate in Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill last year — instead of looking for a suitor to run it as a full service hospital. The New York Times has taken the bait, and supported the NY Governor’s and SUNY’s management claims – without exposing the truths that any one of a million Brooklyn residents, here can relay. Now, we are on the clock for the “best” proposal.

Our statewide elected officials (Democrats we won’t name, here) are selling out of People — and this “achilles heel” may the best hope of Rob Astorino to win the Governorship. Thus far he has been silent — most probably because our Party has overlooked the impact of a MILLION RESIDENTS/visitors/drivers on the BQE living each day within the region served by LICH. Add that many 100s of jobs (union jobs, at that), our local economy, the lives of our residents — all are ignored/belittled, despite the rhetoric of the Democratic Party.

Elected officials (of our One Party System) that had been increasingly emboldened throughout 2013 — have been awkwardly more silent, now that the standard bearers of City Hall and Albany have reached an accord on how to streamline the process of sale? It’s been our collective position for well over a year, that NY State has sought to close the 150-year old hospital — employing private security to BLOCK the emergency room entrance, turn away ambulances (!), using State agencies to bleed funds for years and actually ferry patients out in the middle of the night, on their beds.

This is an issue that shaped the NYC Mayoral race last year when the Public Advocate (that hadn’t a record to run on, in four years and scant as a career politician) was able to gain traction by being arrested (on camera) while joining what many believed was his first rally to save the hospital in mid-July, 2013. He soared from 7% polling figures. Candidates Liu and Weiner were also present, and were lost to history. They hadn’t seized the moment.

http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/37/13/dtg-lich-proposals-revealed-2014-03-28-bk_37_13.html

Always remember, that late as 2012… fully 100,000 patients were treated through the Emergency Rooms of LICH.. and that the total population of Albany is only 98,000.

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Crimea river! As “Bracket Obama” strikes again on ESPN.

19 Mar

Hey, Putin.. You’re taking Crimea, but who you taking in the Final Four?

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When history looks back at the Russian approaches to Crimea, figuratively appropriate during this month of March — you can bet U.S. history doesn’t include a day-by-day account of what our President Obama was doing? March Madness for sure. Experts say that Putin was winging this strategy – to see what the USA would do, each step. Our President was vacationing in Florida one weekend, black tie events at the White House du jour, fundraisers in NoCal, buying sweaters in a Manhattan GAP store before more NYC fundraisers. (But, who will be reminded of all that?)

Today, there are intelligent discussions on and across NPR — about what actions the USA is taking or should take, as Russia seems to be claiming the Crimea in a show of international disregard for the West and the Ukraine. Our news is flooded with events of yesterday, today and results of aggressive action. (But, President Obama has Michigan State to win it all. He picked the favorites again — “chalky picks” is the name for it for basketball circles for simply taking no risks, and selecting just the colleges that the media/experts have already chosen across the last few days.) These days, because the White House is seeking ways to promote “ObamaCare” — they can always wash this as an excuse for signing-up young adults. In fact, here’s the actual WHITE HOUSE web-page promoting his picks.

What else, what else.. Oh, the economy? Laser focus on jobs? Nah.

Wait, there’s also a jet airliner missing in South Asia (along with hundreds of people including Americans and Chinese nationals) – reports today are people in the Maldives reported seeing a jet flying low four hours west of where it was last reported to be about 10 days ago. Israel believes this plane can be weaponized, fitted with a nuke and readies for a worst-case scenario. The pilot’s home flight simulator included 5 landing sites — including the very airstrip in the Maldives in question? Someone turned off the transponder during that infamous flight — and thus contact in the cockpit, before it was “lost”.  Was this all intentional? It’s a global mystery. But, there’s also the NCAA college basketball tournament! (And this WH never misses a chance for easy national media coverage.)

Our President has done this for 6 years in a row, to be fair (that’s 5 prior to this year’s excuse of promoting ObamaCare). It’s part of his legacy? And it doesn’t matter to the teams that he picks “against” either, polls show they voted for him anyway. A Fundie-guy all the way, this President can work in a good time — no matter what the costs. No matter what Russia or China or Mitt Romney thinks, nor families longing for their loved ones in Malaysia.

Crimea river…

Here’s the Huffington Post account of Obama Brackets — submitted without mention of all there’s to do, aside from the NCAAs (click). 

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