Thursday, October 29, 2009

Closed hospital saga ain't over yet!

From the Times Ledger:

A federal bankruptcy judge has yet to approve the sale of St. John’s and Mary Immaculate hospitals to Guttman Realty and could instead reopen the bidding process for the two sites owned by the bankrupt and shuttered Caritas Health Care, according to Dan Andrews, a spokesman for Queens Borough President Helen Marshall.

“The judge is not totally happy with the bid winner,” Andrews said. “It’s possible the whole process could be reopened.”

Brooklyn Bankruptcy Court Judge Carla E. Craig was slated to approve or deny the $26.625 million sale Oct. 22, but instead ordered a delay on the decision, Andrews said.

Craig’s office would not comment on the decision this week.

Marshall’s office expressed concerns about Brooklyn-based Guttman Realty’s history.

Joshua Guttman, owner of Guttman Realty, and his son, Jack Guttman, were charged with 434 counts of failure to maintain privately owned waterfront property after a 10-alarm fire broke out in 2006 at one of Guttman’s Brooklyn properties, the Greenpoint Terminal Market.

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