Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney made a campaign stop in Stuyvesant Town on a recent afternoon. (Pictured) Maloney with former ST-PCV Tenants Association Board Member Virginia Rosario (Photo by Sabina Mollot)
By Sabina Mollot
On the Friday before last, Carolyn Maloney had the mother of all colds. Her voice unusually scratchy and her face makeup free, the congresswoman stood on the sidewalk outside of Stuyvesant Town, as a few supporters milled nearby holding banners with her name on it. They ignored the rain. There was after all, a primary around the corner.
On June 28, Maloney will be facing off against Democrat Peter Lindner, a Union Square resident and computer programmer. As T&V has previously reported, last month, Lindner tried to get Maloney kicked off the ballot due to a paperwork snafu. She then retaliated by arguing to the Board of Elections that Lindner didn’t even get half the required amount of signatures while petitioning. However, they were both unsuccessful at giving the other the boot.
But ballot challenges aside, like most Democratic incumbents in New York City, Maloney hasn’t had much difficulty in getting reelected. At this point, she’s been a member of Congress for 24 years.
Newly appointed Bellevue Hospital CEO William Hicks at his office (Photo by Sabina Mollot)
By Sabina Mollot
As of the past three weeks, Bellevue has had a new CEO, William Hicks, who previously served as the hospital’s COO. The appointment came following the retirement of Hick’s predecessor, executive director Steven Alexander and came alongside a number of other new leadership hires throughout NYC Health + Hospitals, Bellevue’s parent organization.
Hicks had been the acting CEO for the past few months, but since announcing the formal transition, he met with a Town & Village reporter in his new office, which doubles as a conference room, to discuss the big health care issues of the day. Those would include dealing with cuts in federal funding, adapting to the health care industry trend of ambulatory care and how the downsizing of another East Side medical mammoth, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, could impact Bellevue.
The recent news about how a hospital with over 800 beds would be shrinking to one housing just 70 has sent shockwaves through the community, and the medical community at Bellevue has been no exception.
But, said Hicks, “We’re doing our best to stay plugged in and we need to be mindful about what the impacts are. How will that affect our ED (emergency department) and our inpatient care? In an area where we may not have a lot of capacity?”
Asked if his hospital, which has 844 beds that are usually around 90 percent occupied, is prepared for an uptick in patients, Hicks said there is a “surge” plan in place.