We knew Boss Quinn would have her way. A cameraman was on the floor filming the proceedings and said she was clearly "bristled" by our presence in the gallery. I saw her look up once scanning us to see who was there.
It was a New York circus. Outside when we arrived to over 100 hood wearing individuals having a press conference for a Florida murder with council members wearing hoodies. Entering we went into chambers and the guards said the seats were only for council staff. We went up to the gallery on the third floor. There were 11 of us in the gallery. One person came up with Quinn's assistant and the ASL translators. For the first time any could remember they said the translators had to perform in the third floor gallery and not on the council floor as in the past.
They had about 10 officers and suited police around the gallery. They made the ASL Translators crawl under a railing to get to the chair to sign ASL. One community member was high strung and police kept telling her that she had to be quiet and all of us to wear our signs at chest high. She kept pushing buttons with her disgust and the delay of the hearing. It seemed as much as she did or anyone else the threat of removal was vocalized but nothing happened or arrests occurred. It was scheduled ceremonial at 12:30pm and hearing at 1:00pm, delayed to1:00pm and hearing at 1:30pm, to 1:30pm and then 2:00pm. The ceremony started at 2:17pm.
Quinn picking up a mike like a sideshow hawker announcing a Con-Edison interruption of a robbery of a Woman beaten and robbed. All families of the three Con Edison spidermen were there. All 50 members of the three individuals. Barker Quinn then announced that celebration was over. Only to Bark, Quinn announced a Bronx group of 30 out of 125 Auxilley NYPD group. They got an award.
Then the pledge of alligence and a religious devotion with all standing.
Then with white council members, some council members of color wearing hoodies they lit into a remembrance of Trayron and his life cut short. then a moment of silence. Only a month after he was shot and killed.
Then without missing a beat Quinn opened the reading of the Rudin Plan. members began to pull their hoodies off, showing their white shirts and skin. No sooner they began to debate the Arts Society and disbanding it because the Arts Society does not keep notes of their meetings.
Then a discussion of street lights and crossings for the disabled (blind) with bird call noises for green light crosswalks. That will keep some alive on Queens Boulevard.
Then a discussion on the time it takes to get out of your car, buy a parking ticket, return to your car to find a green sticker and ticket on the car. they proposed a five, not six, not seven minute honor for those drivers not to get a ticket by an aggressive ticket writer.
Then a discussion of workers higher wages for large companies required for companies getting subsidies from NYC. The vote was high enough for that in the end to override a veto by King Bloomberg.
Then they read each line item getting to the Rudin Plan in several parts. all the time reading each Quinn or other council member would speak up with coded or actual talking about the items up for vote. Restaurants, all above and other item all thrown in the brew of Rudin Greed. Council member Barron was the only member to speak up against the Rich Rudins and that they had the money to build a new hospital if they wanted to. The Rudin's are rich enough to put a Hospital in cause they have the money to cover it. He called on members to deny the plan and send it back to the Rudins for changes for a new hospital. Then a vote by roll call. 49- Yea 2 -Abstain and 1 - (Barron) No.
We got up to leave and one community member began to yell. Security and Police telling her to be quiet and the Chair downstairs banging his gavel to be quiet he dismissed the hearing at 5:15pm. As we left down the stairs, Travis, Melanie, the strange white haired guy, and a young woman who knew me but I not her. On the landings The community member was giving the Rudin cronies all hell for standing around and gloating. Melanie of Fried Frank passed me and said "you were the most civil through this process." I replied I had to bite my tongue to keep from getting sick over the greed. Travis smiled and I said I guess it is time now to start screwing up the Oreo factory, your next project. He smiled.
It was found out that the Rudin clan had been given priority seating on the Chamber floor, that the community had been denied seating. Boss Quinn at work getting those campaign donations from the Rudin Family and Management. Screwing Community.
On the steps we held the banner. DNAinfo news took a photo of the banner and a member who had almost died without SVH read the HOSVH Press Release.
It is Unconscionable that 1.5 million people on the West Side of Manhattan have no hospital.
We have been betrayed by our council member, Speaker Christine Quinn.
Quinn could have saved St. Vincent's Hospital.
Quinn did not.
No Politician stood up for us.
The voters of New York will hold Elected Officials responsible.
We Demand a West Side Hospital.
* Hands Off St. Vincent's Hospital
* Demand A New Hospital
A community member shamed the Rudin clan that were standing on the plaza to gloating for the news media. They left. Then the camera man interviewed the community member standing behind the banner below:
You let our Hospital Close.
We want our hospital back.
On the way out of the parking lot, Council Member Mark Weprin was talking to someone and The community member lit into him. She confronted Scott Stringer a block away at a diner. He told her it was out of his hands.
At night, 7pm, we joined the anti-Quinn folk outside the 92nd Y where Chelsea Clinton was giving Quinn a Woman's awards for her contribution to the community. The Award was a laugh (sigh). Quinn entered the event at a stage door entrance on the cross street through the garbage piles at the door as she does most of her campaign stops. We were there with little harassment from Quinn's NYPD presence of about 12 officers and 5 suited officers and 2 secret service agents. We left at 8:15pm for home. It was successful and people engaged in discussions with all the protestors. The Anti-Quinn group put together quite a diverse collection of individuals upset with Quinn on several issues. HOSVH had three posters of photos from the public hearing lockout on March 06. They need descriptions on them for a clearer viewpoint. Like "3/6/12 Quinn locked out Seniors and the disabled to attend the only public hearing for the Rudin Plan to destroy a community and healthcare."
Quinn Betrayed the Community she represents.
Quinn is no leader.
Quinn has lied to the community.
We are still sad about the loss. we have pledged to birddog Quinn until a full hospital returns and anyone else who stands in the way. No shame. The truth prevails.
We need a Full Service Hospital, ER, and Trauma Center. Nothing less!
Hands Off St. Vincent's Hospital
Demand A New Hospital
Friday, March 30, 2012
Boss Quinn March 28 Update
Notes from a Watcher :