By MAGGIE HABERMAN
October 13, 2007 -- Mayor Bloomberg yesterday revealed he's considering a new plan for the long-dormant Governors Island - a public health institute bankrolled by his private foundation that would be a draw for experts around the globe.
On his weekly WABC radio show, Bloomberg said it would "really put Governors Island on the map."
He estimated it would require about $100 million to fix up the landmarked buildings and then $20 million to $30 million a year to maintain it.
He acknowledged there would have to be a public process to award it to his own foundation, although he said that past requests for proposals yielded nothing appropriate.
A spokeswoman for the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corp., the entity that oversees the land, said it would be "well-suited" for a health center, and they'd be happy to meet with Bloomberg foundation officials.
Privatizing yet another city-owned island, eh?
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