February 15, 2012

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Members advocate for SUNY hospitals


Outreach Committee chair Gideon Dunkley, right, shakes hands with Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) after a meeting during HSC Advocacy Day. Dunkley and fellow Downstate Medical Center advocates Natalie Baker and Abe Gerecht asked Cymbrowitz to oppose the plan to close inpatient services at Downstate and transfer them to Long Island College Hospital.

The advocates got what they came for. “We’re there with you,” Cymbrowitz responded, saying state lawmakers from Brooklyn had signed a letter to the governor urging him to reject the plan.

UUP advocates from SUNY’s two other hospitals in Syracuse and Stony Brook were among more than a dozen unionists taking part in the Feb. 14 legislative visit to Albany. Several UUP advocates from other SUNY campuses joined their HSC brothers and sisters, warning lawmakers that if Downstate’s hospital is allowed to close, SUNY’s other hospitals would be in danger.

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