De Blasio hires border wall contractor to build field hospitals in Brooklyn, Queens: report

By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A company that was contracted to build parts of President Donald Trump’s border wall has been hired by Mayor Bill de Blasio to build emergency hospitals in New York City during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Bloomberg reports that SLSCO Ltd. was hired to build a $789 million part of the wall at the U.S-Mexico border in Texas. It also was also contracted to build a $287 million stretch of wall in California.

De Blasio has repeatedly slammed the border wall as “racist.”

SLSCO now has a contract with the city to build a 1,000-bed hospital at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook and a 350-bed hospital at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens. The temporary sites will help hospitals overwhelmed by coronavirus patients.

De Blasio press secretary Freddi Goldstein told Bloomberg that the city expects the federal government to reimburse the $250 million price tag for the two emergency hospitals.

A spokeswoman for SLSCO’s parent company, Sullivan Brothers Family of Companies, told Bloomberg that it has previously worked with the city, including after Hurricane Sandy.

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