Saturday, March 10, 2012

[Updated] Family members react to Cabrini's closure

We mentioned yesterday that WNBC 4 was working on a Cabrini-closure story... Here are a few excerpt's from Gus Rosendale's story...

Family members of residents found out this week that they would have to make other arrangements once the East Fifth Street home closes, likely in July. The Cabrini Center has another nursing home facility in Westchester.

"My mother is in a wheelchair," said Malanke Savanovic, of Bayside, Queens. "We don't know where to put her."

Joe Torre, who lives nearby in Gramercy, makes daily visits to his mom in the nearby home and now fears he'll have to move her to another borough, further away.

"You need to be in there to see the love in there," he said.


Elizabeth Herring, who lives nearby and whose father lives in the home -- and has spent his whole life on the Lower East Side — vowed to fight the sale of the building.

"This is not over by a long shot, and we are in it for the long haul," she said.

Meanwhile, here's a snippet from NY1's report today:

Joanne Floyd said she has not slept since learning the Cabrini Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in the East Village is closing. Her husband, who has Parkinson's disease, lives in the center.

"I'm overwhelmed, I don't know what to say. It's the most frightening thing I've ever faced," said Floyd. "I can hardly talk. I cared for him at home for four-and-a-half years, he fell, he hit his head and he came here. I've come every day for a year-and-a-half, I didn't miss one day."

Here's our story on it from Wednesday ...


Anonymous said...

These comments mirror my experience with family and friends who had loved ones in Cabrini. My friends Mom visited her husband every day for almost 5 years until he died. She wouldn't have been able to do that if the nursing home was far away. This loss is very significant for the families of the LES who have spent their whole lives here, and NEED a place to live their final years close to their friends and family.

I really pray that a solution will be found that doesn't inflict undue hardship on all involved.

Anonymous said...

Rosie Mendez is not a leader. She has let this whole neighborhood rot.

We need a leader who is willing to go above and beyond the call, somebody who is out on the streets picketing and chaining themselves to this and other buildings.

Ben Shaoul isputting a penthouse on a 10th Street townhouse right now, and Icon realty has been running an illegal hotel on the same block for years now.

The local politicians are as weak as they come and they all take money from the people who are destroying our neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

The families need to put pressure on the elected officials to do more than just write letters. Squadron, Kavanaugh, Mendez and Stringer.

Somebody needs to sue and get a judge to issu an injunction to stop Shaoul in his tracks such that a purchaser can be identified who will operate this location as a nursing home.

nygrump said...

Anon 12:05, leading a bunch of people into the street may be warranted and admirable, but don't confuse that with being a leader.

Anonymous said...

Sharpton for mayor!

Anonymous said...


it would be a good start, better than doing nothing like they have been over the years.....