From Douglaston Patch:
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-Bayside, is calling on the federal government to build a hospital for veterans in Queens, rather than redevelop the property at an existing extended care facility in the borough.
The congressman is urging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to create a new full-service hospital at the site of the St. Albans Primary and Extended Care Center.
“I am concerned that the current St. Albans plan would be inadequate for the burgeoning needs of returning Afghanistan and Iraq veterans,” the congressman wrote in a letter to Eric Shinseki, the U.S. secretary for Veterans Affairs.
Ackerman said he believed the VA’s “Enhanced Use Lease” plan, which would modernize the current hospital in St. Albans by leasing 25 acres of the site for private development, could be inadequate for local veterans.