Albany, Jan. 17, 2013 - Citing a report by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, leaders of New York State United Teachers today urged lawmakers to do whatever it takes to keep University Hospital in Brooklyn financially viable and publicly operated.
"The comptroller's audit underscores the need for accountability, transparency and oversight at Downstate Medical," said NYSUT President Richard C. Iannuzzi. "Poor management ws what ailed this hospital, not the fact that it is a public institution."
NYSUT's largest higher education affiliate, United University Professions, represents nearly 3,300 Downstate employees.
"Comptroller DiNapoli has put a spotlight on the real problems at Downstate," said NYSUT Executive Vice President Andrew Pallotta. "Now it's up to lawmakers in Albany to support the changes necessary to protect the vital public services this hospital offers."