3/10/12 - The Hedz-Up Report covers Hands Off St. Vincent's hastily organized press conference on the heels of this past Tuesday's tumultuous New York City Council Hearing. The hearing, ostensibly scheduled to solicit final public testimony regarding zoning changes needed for Bill Rudin's luxury condo plan to proceed, was marked by frustration and ineptitude. Approximately two hundred local residents and activists, gathered to present their testimony only to be forced to wait outdoors in freezing temperatures. Those on line, many of them senior citizens, waited as long as two to three hours in order to exercise their right to testify before the Council. One person in line collapsed and had to be treated by an FDNY EMS unit.
Norman Siegel, civil rights attorney and former head of the NY Civil Liberties Union, kicks off the press conference. Other speakers include:
Tom Allon - Democrat and Liberal NYC mayoral candidate, 2013
Miguel Acevedo - President, Tenants' Association, Fulton Houses
Dr. Steve Auerbach - Physicians for a National Health Program
Brad Hoylman - Chair, Community Board 2
Elizabeth Adam - Community resident/activist, Greenwich Village
Shirley Gunson - Community resident/activist, Fulton Houses
Evette Stark-Katz - Community resident/activist, Greenwich Village
More to come, stay tuned.
In the meantime, please visit our video blog, "Why Are They Closing St. Vincent's Hospital?," for our collected reports and future updates: https://watclosingstvincentshospital.blogspot.com/
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Healthcare For The 99% - Last Hearing on St. Vincent's Hospital Being Turned into Luxury Condos
St. Vincent's Hospital: Timeline of a Crime / March 2010 - March 2012
NY1 - Two Years After Closure of St. Vincent's Hospital, Protests Continue
Seniors Freeze Outside St. Vincent's Demolition Hearings
Donny Moss - Fiasco at City Hall - March 6, 2012 - http://tinyurl.com/75haym4
BoldProgressNYC - Did Christine Quinn, City Council Deliberately Deny Community Access to Rudin Condo Hearing? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huQSunP0L-Q&feature
Gotham Gazette - Councilpedia - Keeping Track of City Officials
DNAinfo.com - Luxury Condos in Former St. Vincent's Building to Hit the Market
PNHP - Doctors Support Occupy Wall Street Because Wall Street Is Occupying Health Care
Gotham Gazette - St. Vincent's Highlights Crunch for Hospitals Serving the Poor
NY Magazine - St. Vincent's is the Lehman Brothers of Hospitals
Paul Krugman - NY Times - Patients Are Not Consumers
David Brooks - NY Times - Where Are the Liberals?
Coalition for a New Village Hospital
Hands Off St. Vincent's!
Hands Off St. Vincents Call for a New Hospital (Petition)