RAMAPO, N.Y. – The would-be buyer of a long-term care hospital in Pomona is suing Rockland County Executive Ed Day, claiming that he sullied his reputation, according to a report by lohud.com.
Shalom Braunstein, of Monsey, chief executive officer, of Sympaticare Health, pulled out of the $32 million deal to purchase the county-owned Summit Park Hospital and Nursing Care Center in fall 2015, but blamed Rockland for the deal's collapse, claiming that the county had breached its contract, previous lohud.com reports have said.
Braunstein sued the county in March, hoping to recoup $5.9 million in fees and for damages and Rockland struck back with a $16 million countersuit in April, saying Braunstein owed it money for running the facility and had never had the funds or the proper licensing, previous lohud.com reports said.
The defamation lawsuit, which does not specify any monetary damages, was filed on Oct. 11 in state Supreme Court in New City, the lohud.com article said.
County Attorney Thomas Humbach is currently reviewing Day’s request that the county represent him, lohud.com reported.
“Mr. Day can demonstrate in court that Mr. Braunstein did not have access to funds to complete the deal he entered into with the county,” Humbach said Monday. “Rockland County very much wanted to sell Summit Park to him for the price he agreed to, which was $32 million. He was the one who pulled out of the deal.”