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Dolan Center Funding in Jeopardy

Retroactive state aid cuts lead Levy to propose closing Pulaski Road center.

Retroactive state aid cuts have put the in Greenlawn in jeopardy, hospital and legislative sources said Sunday.

The state is pushing a $20-million clawback, requiring centers to reimburse the state for certain funds spent since 2008. And County Executive Steve Levy and legislative leaders have scheduled a press conference for noon Monday in Hauppauge to express opposition to the cuts.

Levy's office said the retroactive loss of state aid would force the closure of the center and another in Coram, as well as cuts in other county health care centers.

But Suffolk County Majority Leader Jon Cooper, D-Lloyd Harbor, objects to that plan.

"Although I join in supporting the county executive in opposing the announced New York State retroactive cuts of $20 million worth of reimbursements to county health centers, I am strongly opposed to County Executive Levy's proposal that we completely eliminate funding for the Dolan center," Cooper said. "If there is no alternative to cuts and the state decision cannot be rescinded,  I would forcefully urge that we have uniform across-the-board cuts at all of Suffolk County's health centers without unfairly targeting the Dolan center."

"The only fair thing to do is spread the pain. But Levy wants to defund 100 percent of Dolan. There's no way I'm going to support that," Cooper said.

A  source described the cuts as "extremely damaging, bordering on ruinous," but declined to say anything further until Monday's press conference.

Levy's office said that New York State on July 1 will stop reimbursement for all “optional” health care services provided by counties, including: public health nursing, emergency medical services, home health care, long-term health care, dental services for children, public health laboratories and some environmental health services.

The Dolan center was established 10 years ago after community members and united to provide medical services for those who couldn't afford care. A large one-time donation from the Dolan family helped get the site going, and it is run by Huntington Hospital.

The center says it is Long Island’s only privately owned, charitably supported primary care health center. The Pulaski Road center has a staff of 57.  

lauren March 20, 2011 at 11:58 PM
I thought TH boe was suppose to focus on the education of sd3 kids?
eric March 21, 2011 at 12:16 AM
@Lauren - don't even acknowledge her. Her hijacking of literally every single thread has gone beyond mildly amusing and has become almost pathological. She wanted the BOE to butt OUT when it came to taking a stand on high-density housing because it suited her own personal agenda. Now she wants them to butt IN because, again, it's all about her own personal agenda. @Kim - here's a thought. Why don't YOU run for public office instead of telling OTHER people in public office how they should conduct themselves. This way, you can have your very own hotline to Albany, town officials, anyone who'll listen. I'll personally sign your petition.
david k March 21, 2011 at 12:36 AM
The end of funding to the Dolan Center, and probable closing of the Center would be diasterous to the community. The availability of community-based health and emergency case services is essential to maintain the safety and welfare of the community. It is understandable that all centers absorb some of the budget cuts, but to eliminate funding in this case would leave the Huntington community without essential medical "safety net" services. The role of public health education can not be underestimated, as well. I hope that the political figures in the community will take a strong position in opposing Mr. Levy's decisoin, as otherwise this decision will lead to long-term negative consequences. David
JSC March 21, 2011 at 01:32 AM
Wow, this one came out of left field Kim! What the heck does the BOE have to do with the Dolan Center? NOTHING! Liz Black's remark in her interview was about the health, safety and education of the children IN SCHOOL, not anywhere else. Now, if you want to know her stand on the Dolan Center losing funding, you'll have to ask her yourself, as being a board member for Huntington doesn't give you the connection you seem to feel is there regarding this issue! Obviously, you already have a bias against Liz and are looking for a way to discredit her potential run for office.
lauren March 21, 2011 at 01:49 AM
Yes you are right Eric I must have lost my mind for a moment. Liz has nothing to do with the Doln Center as a boe mbr. Pathetic really Kim.
Patched Out 2 March 21, 2011 at 02:04 AM
Thank you for the clarification regarding her interview. Nope I dont have any bias against her.
Jen LaVertu March 21, 2011 at 01:17 PM
I agree with Eric. I have stopped posting because of what he described. She attacks anyone who does not agree with her and comments on EVERYTHING. Doesn't even have kids in the school. The "health and well being of the children" is the BOE's concern while they are IN school. For the BOE to micro manage people in their homes is not governments place.
Patched Out March 21, 2011 at 01:24 PM
Jenifer and Eric I agree I too will not post anymore, finally then maybe management will see the problem!
Jorge March 21, 2011 at 01:59 PM
Me four to Jennifer, Eric and Nick. Sayonara until I don't see her on here anymore.
christine matis March 23, 2011 at 01:44 AM
I agree David. The safety net will be the emergency room with higher costs associated with it. Remember, no one goes to the emergency room and just gets a band-aid. Care requires high cost technology services such as Cat Scan, MRIs, lab and blood tests. This is passed on to the taxpayer. I remember seeing this 20 years ago. Then the movement, to reduce these unnecessary services associated with emergency room and establishing health clinics. So once again, money is not there but now the taxpayer will be paying more again. Have we not learned. Dejavu once again. Are we going to reach crisis again in education, health and social needs, only to pick up the pieces again . Do communities have to crumble? When is government going to stop wasting taxpayers money. When are we going to learn that having a safety net is essential in a modern society.

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