Statement from SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall

May 29, 2014

“Today we begin what we have every confidence will be the final phase in resolving the longstanding issues at the LICH site.

“Make no mistake, SUNY is fighting for health care for the community and financial relief for our students, many of who are from Brooklyn. When it became clear that these priorities, as clearly stated in the RFP, were in jeopardy, we took the appropriate action.  

“Justice Johnny Lee Baynes took great care to ensure that the closely negotiated stipulation and order addressed many possible contingencies, and we thank him for his stewardship of the settlement process. The stipulation and order remains our guiding document, and continued respect of the process by all parties will result in the viable and long-term health care outcome we have all worked these many months to achieve.”


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