Hundreds of Downstate University Hospital workers and their supporters from communities around Brooklyn filled the streets in front of the hospital at a rally on August 8. They were rallying to give a big and loud “no” to Governor Cuomo’s plan for layoffs there. The Governor has been crying poverty for state finances while, at the same time, steadfastly refusing to tax the wealthiest New Yorkers. People opposing the layoffs and cutbacks point out that a fair taxation program would go a long way to alleviate the budget crisis and would be much more equitable solution.
Community residents joined the Downstate employees in protesting the threatened cutbacks because the hospital serves a huge section of the borough including large areas of Brooklyn’s poorest communities. Residents depend on the hospital as a mainstay of their health care and layoffs and cuts or closures would be devastating to those neighborhoods. Continue reading