Interfaith Medical Center Gets Clean Bill of Health
Interfaith Medical Center (IMC) this week emerged from bankruptcy after a federal court approved its restructuring proposal, ending a year-and-a-half battle that threatened its closure.
“We are thankful for all the support which the community, our political and religious leaders and the city and state of New York have provided to us,” said Melanie L. Cyganowski, Interfaith Chief Restructuring Officer. “We would not have achieved this success without the help of them, together with the unions, our doctors and medical team, our employees and Board of Trustees leadership. It has been a difficult road but Interfaith Medical Center stands proud and welcomes the people of Central Brooklyn to use its medical facilities for primary and urgent care. Our clinics stand ready to assist everyone for whatever the need.”
Under the plan the facility replaced senior management with a new state-mandated management team and disbanded the current Board of Trustees – a move that members of the board agreed to do to keep the medical center open.
“We are prepared to turn over the governance of the hospital to new leadership, who will be selected by the state and will continue to work with Ms. Cyganowski and Steven Korf (IMC’s CEO and President) in their efforts to strengthen the provision of health care to the people of Central Brooklyn,” said Al Wiltshire, chair of the IMC Board of Trustees.
The new management includes Cyganowski, Korf and Robert Mariani as the CFO.
The new Board of Trustees will include Paul Francis, founder and managing partner of Cedar Street Group, LLC; Dr. Ruth Browne, CEO of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health; and Michael Irwin, managing director of Citigroup Health Care Financing.
Interfaith is located at 1545 Atlantic Avenue and it serves Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and beyond. Its clinics include a mental health clinic, an HIV treatment center on Bergen Street, the Bishop O.G. Walker, Jr. Health Care Center, a dental clinic and an urgent care center on Atlantic Avenue.
Hynes being investigated
Former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes may have committed larceny in taking confiscated money from criminal activity and funneling it into his failed campaign for re-election, according to a city Department of Investigations report.
The report also revealed that Justice Barry Kamins, a former Brooklyn administrative judge and now the state’s chief of policy and planning, gave Hynes improper advice about the campaign and pending criminal matters.
Kamins has been relieved of his duties and several agencies, including the attorney general, are looking at the probe, according to officials.
According to the report, Mortimer Matz, who had worked as a consultant for the DA’s Office since 2003, and then as Hynes’ person political consultant in 2013, was paid $219,924 in fees – some or all of which came from confiscated money.
Hynes served as Kings County District Attorney for six terms before being defeated by current DA Kenneth Thompson in a bitter election.
Since leaving office, multiple inmates who were wrongfully convicted of murder during Hynes’ tenure, have been released.
Cuomo promises wage hike in getting WFP support
The Working Families Party this week threw their support behind Governor Andrew Cuomo’s upcoming reelection bid after he pledged to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour statewide, and let New York City raise their minimum wage to $13 an hour.
Previously, Cuomo was against local municipalities raising their minimum wage, but relented to the Progressive political party at their convention to garner their support.
“We have to recognize the difference in the cost of living in different markets,” Cuomo told reporters. “I would allow localities within a state-prescribed formula to adjust a local wage – but not that the locality gets to set the rate wherever they want. I’m against that.”
Currently, the state minimum wage is $8 an hour and will rise to $9 at the end of 2015.
Cuomo also pledged to the Working Families Party he will work to help the Democrats regain the majority in the Senate.
Teen Shot Dead after argument on basketball court
A 16-year-old youth was shot and killed on the Classon Avenue basketball court in Fort Greene on Tuesday just a few paces from both the 88th Police Precinct and the Lafayette Gardens public housing development where he lived.
Laquan (Popcorn) Nelson was shot once in the chest at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, June 2 after reportedly arguing with a group of people on the court, officials said.
After being shot, Laquan staggered out of the court area and collapsed just outside the stationhouse.
He was pronounced dead at Brooklyn Hospital.
No arrests have been made at press time and the incident remains under investigation.