Late Friday Mayor Bill de Blasio held a press conference to discuss progress in the effort to keep Long Island College Hospital, or LICH, open. de Blasio also made a closing statement concerning the imbroglio surrounding his NYPD security detail following a news report that the detail was speeding and rolling through two stop signs as it drove de Blasio away from a press conference Thursday in Maspeth.
The State University of New York (SUNY) controls LICH, and has been trying to sell or close the money-losing operation. On Friday, de Blasio announced that SUNY and Governor Cuomo have agreed to a new round of bidding from prospective buyers. This additional RFP will have a revised weighting in the scoring and selection of a winner from the submitted proposals. It’s another chance to find a bidder who will continue hospital operations at the site, but the new RFP is far from a solution despite the repeated references to such development as “historic”.
Here is de Blasio’s closing statement, addressing the imbroglio around his NYPD security detail and it’s driving.
Here is de Blasio’s full press Q&A: