Queens lawmakers introduce conflict of interest bill following proposed cuts to Far Rockaway hospital

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Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato has introduced legislation that would address conflicts of interest for public employees in response to the proposals that could have drastically cut capacity and services at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital (SJEH).

SJEH, the only full-service hospital in Far Rockaway, was presented with three cost-cutting proposals by the state that would have fundamentally changed the hospital’s existing services and resulted in hundreds of jobs lost, including one option to transform it into a “micro hospital.”

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