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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 10, 2014

SUNY Downstate Coalition of Faith, Labor and Community Leaders concludes 48-hour fast to defend vital health care services at SUNY Downstate Medical Center


On Tuesday, March 11, at 3 p.m., the SUNY Downstate Coalition of Faith, Labor and Community Leaders will hold a news conference outside the entrance of SUNY Downstate at 470 Clarkson Avenue in Brooklyn to announce the conclusion of their 48-hour fast to protect vital health care services in Central Brooklyn.

Coalition leaders, community members participating in the fast and two New York City Council members representing Brooklyn - Jumaane Williams and Robert Cornegy - are among those who will speak at the news conference.

Coalition leaders will urge lawmakers to increase funding in the state budget for Downstate.

Expected speakers at the news conference include:

  • Pastor Gilford Monrose of Mt. Zion Church of God, president of the 67th Precinct Clergy Council;
  • Bishop Orlando Findlayter of New Hope Christian Fellowship, chairman of Churches United to Save and Heal (CUSH);
  • Rabbi Eli Cohen, executive director, Crown Heights Jewish Community Council;
  • Pastor Shane Vidal of Maranatha Seventh Day Adventist Church;
  • Fred Kowal, UUP President
  • Don Morgenstern, Public Employees Federation Council Leader at Downstate;
  • Andy Pallotta, Executive Vice President of NYSUT;
  • Lester Crockett, Metropolitan Region President, CSEA;
  • Althea Green, president of the CSEA local at Downstate; and
  • Rowena Blackman-Stroud, president of the United University Professions Chapter at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and UUP’s statewide treasurer.


The SUNY Downstate Coalition of Faith, Labor and Community Leaders is a Brooklyn-based grassroots organization collectively fighting for vital health care services and jobs at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

PEF is the state's largest white-collar union representing 54,000 members in professional, scientific and technical positions.

CSEA is New York state's leading union, representing about 300,000 employees of the state and its counties, towns, villages, school districts, library systems, authorities and public benefit corporations. CSEA represents nearly 800 workers at SUNY Downstate.

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.

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