Queens councilman fights to keep city Veterans Administration hospitals open


Just ahead of Memorial Day, all members of the New York City Council joined together to send a letter to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), urging the agency to keep the Veterans Administration hospitals in Manhattan and Brooklyn open. 

In March, the DVA suggested closing two out of the seven hospitals in New York City. The DVA projected that over the next 10 years, the Metro New York Market enrollment will decrease by 23.1%, suggesting the need for fewer beds. The Brooklyn, Queens and Bronx VA hospitals serve the largest populations.