From today's Daily News editorial:
Paterson had nothing to do with the hospitals' demise, nor did any responsible state or city official believe there was a cost-effective way to save them.
Actually, Paterson is directly responsible because the state's Berger Commission deemed the hospitals vital to their communities and called for the closure of other hospitals based on these two being open. The fact is that he and Malcolm Smith could have arranged for the health care stimulus money to be spent here. I don't know what elected officials the Daily News has been speaking with (Bloomberg?), because there were many at the rallies who requested a measly $36 million dollars (with oversight) to temporarily pump up the hospitals until they could be taken over by another entity. No, these hospitals were intentionally closed by Paterson and Smith because they were asked to by someone who wants to buy some real estate at a fire sale price and bust the union in the process.
Remember when the Daily News used to investigate the real reasons for why things happen instead of defending slimeball politicians?
Here's the ultimate irony: St. John's was designated as a stroke center last September by Paterson's Department of Health only to be ordered closed by them in February. The hospitals were packed up until three weeks ago. They were needed in their communities and now people are going to suffer and die because the state would rather spend money on frivolous pork than spend it on saving lives. Think about that next time you see a highway sign for the "Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge".