Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00
It is devastating news for all of us that there will be downsizing at Glen Cove Hospital, but those who are blaming this downsizing on the lawsuit filed by our city that alleges the dumping of Freon by the hospital, are misinformed and incorrect with their accusations.
There is absolutely no correlation between the litigation claiming contamination of the Seaman Road well and the service changes at Glen Cove Hospital.
That is the word directly from NS-LIJ COO Mark Solazzo who wrote the following in a recent letter to Mayor Ralph Suozzi, as reported by media outlets: “I would like to confirm that our plans for the future of Glen Cove hospital have been established solely on the basis of ensuring the hospital’s viability into the future...Our planning is in no way related to the city’s Freon litigation.”
As a resident of this community, I am pleased and relieved that Mayor Suozzi and other elected officials understood the urgency of this serious environmental and public health issue and took action. First, they conducted research and then they approached the hospital to request that the hospital remedy the situation. The hospital had a year to do so, but did not act.
Mayor Suozzi and the city of Glen Cove had no other choice but to file suit against NS-LIJ. Our mayor and elected officials have an obligation to protect the citizens of Glen Cove. Financially, it would have been too costly to do otherwise, and from a health standpoint, there was no other choice.
The possibility of having even a tiny trace of Freon in our water system is terrible. If I thought for one moment that my community and my family might be drinking toxic water, I would certainly work day and night to get to the bottom of the issue and would not sleep until I was assured that the pollution was cleaned up.
I would expect my elected officials would do exactly what our mayor did, and endeavored to get the hospital to do. The City of Glen Cove was acting in the best interest of its residents, which is its duty.
The mayor’s political opponents are trying to smear him by placing blame for the hospital downsizing directly on him. They should be praising Mayor Suozzi for acting judiciously on our behalf. The position his opponents are taking suggest that if they were making this decision, they would NOT have pursued the hospital to clean up the pollution. Would that have been right? Would that have been responsible? It is my opinion that Mayor Suozzi and his team did the right thing.
Carla Hall D’Ambra