Health, Environment and Social Services

The Health, Environment and Social Services Committee is responsible for matters concerning health services including mental health services, sanitation and refuse collection, environmental concerns including sewer maintenance and repair, air pollution, toxic waste, and liquor licensing issues. The committee is also responsible for matters concerning social services, the disabled, the homeless and senior citizens. The committee is responsible for capital and expense budget matters concerning the City's environmental protection, health and social services agencies.

Except for holidays and other conflicts, the committee meets at 6:00 pm on the first Wednesday of the month, September-June, in Dining Rooms A&B in The Brooklyn Hospital Center, 121 DeKalb Avenue at St. Felix Street.
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Agendas and Minutes
The committee agenda is generally finalized one week in advance of the meeting.
Download the April 6, 2011 agenda (PDF)

Minutes are available after they have been approved, generally at the following month's meeting.

Long Island College Hospital

Former Governor David A. Paterson announced on October 14, 2010 an agreement for Long Island College Hospital (LICH) to become part of SUNY Downstate. Under the agreement, LICH and SUNY Downstate's teaching hospital, University Hospital of Brooklyn, will operate as a single hospital with two campuses. In his statement, the governor also announced a $40 million HEAL (Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law) grant in support of the the planned merger. The affiliation was conceived to prevent the full or partial closure of the Cobble Hill hospital, which has been burdened by high capital debt.
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The Brooklyn Hospital Center
The Brooklyn Hospital Center has undergone a financial restructuring and hired a new president and chief executive officer, Richard B. Becker, MD. Brooklyn Hospital has also prepared a strategic plan designed to ensure its growth and continued success over the coming years.
Read more about the strategic plan