Federal officials investigate NYC's Mayor de Blasio in sale of Brooklyn hospital


The U.S. Attorney's Office is investigating New York Mayor Bill de Blasio in connection with the sale of Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Long Island College Hospital, according to a New York Daily News report.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara issued a subpoena to the Albany, N.Y.-based State University of New York, which owned LICH, requesting all communication between Mr. de Blasio and SUNY regarding the hospital since 2013. The mayo was then acting as the city's public advocate.

A source told the Daily News that the "clear target" of the subpoena was Mayor de Blasio, according to the report.

SUNY sought to close and sell the state-owned LICH to private developers.  As public advocate and during his mayoral campaign, Mr. de Blasio said he would fight to keep the full-service hospital.  After becoming mayor in 2014, Mr. de Blasio struck a deal with SUNY to keep health services at the site, but not a complete hospital.

The hospital was ultimately sold to a developer that reportedly has ties to several of Mr. de Blasio's top aides, according to the Daily News report.

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