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Poll: Do you Agree With Council's 'H-Zone' Decision?

Council members each said they'd vote down the ordinance next week; what do you think?

The village council listed a wide range of concerns it had with the expansion proposal Tuesday night, .

Although opponents hailed the move at the RHS Campus Center as protecting Ridgewood from , , and even possible damage to hundreds of homes, speakers and supporters said the council may be relegating Valley Hospital to second-class status.

In today's competitive healthcare climate, some argued, second-class is dead on arrival.

Speakers at the podium said over time, talent will leave, the facilities will continue to age and like dozens before it, the hospital may turn insolvent. The last minute appeal for further 'compromise' by Valley CEO Audrey Meyers did little to turn the tide.

With the vote, the status of Valley's expansion efforts going forward is unclear. The must specifically state from a land use perspective why the planning board amendment is inconsistent with the Master Plan.

A future council, however, could pick it up, Village Attorney Matt Rogers has previously said.

Some have speculated lawsuits are on the way. The hospital has made no mention of lawsuits – with Valley Attorney Chuck Collins denying the hospital has considered pursuing legal action against the village in an interview with Patch in October.

Its opponents, Concerned Residents of Ridgewood (CRR), are investigating whether it can shut a door on efforts, Chairman Pete McKenna said. It has a pending lawsuit against the planning board.

[Editor's note: There's evidence suggesting the poll was tampered with electronically; it was closed early Thursday evening.]

Zigi P November 24, 2011 at 08:02 PM
Andrea, no one is saying that Valley should not modernize. The council vote is NOT against valley modernizing. Its against building paramus park mall next to BF. They can modernize with the envelope that they are in now. How about reducing the number of beds by 1/2? then the space they have now should suffice.
Dan Johnson November 24, 2011 at 08:55 PM
Exactly. Bigger is not always better. The Valley plan is to make the hospital bigger and to make it better at the same time. But why just make it better in its current footprint. What doesn't fit can be in another building in a place that it fits. As I have said many times, Valley can move the Village can't.
jane shinozuka November 24, 2011 at 08:56 PM
I agree with Maureen McTigue. I'd also like to add that being concerned about the every day repercussions of the "Renewal", in its initial configuration, does not make someone an unsophisticated Luddite who doesn't understand business theory. By the same logic, Valley aspiring to grow its business shouldn't necessarily warrant vilification. Politicizing the debate is irresponsible and divisive and has hurt the Ridgewood community. Quite simply, not every valuable idea is a feasible reality. People would welcome single patient rooms and better technology if presented in a plan offering less detriment to residents (especially homeowners) of Ridgewood. Such a plan may not be optimally profitable for Valley Hospital, but Valley's optimal profitability is not (and should not be) Ridgewood's primary concern.
Steve November 25, 2011 at 02:32 AM
This "poll" does absolutely nothing but incite people's anger and continue to keep people at each other's throats. It is ridiculous and, frankly, James, I'm disspointed that you'd even put this up. I realize it brings people back to your website time and time again (great for your advertisers) but, really, can't you take the high road on this one?
Michael Sedon November 25, 2011 at 04:15 PM
Trust me I know full well that there are only just over 24,000 actual Ridgewood residents. I wrote that because the last poll on this site was corrupted some how and the results were something ridiculous like 24,000 Ridgewood residents supported the expansion, which is obviously not the case. Marcia picked up what I was putting down. Sometimes you just have to break the tension.

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