A public hearing in Albany took a turn for the serious after an outspoken member of the state’s ethics board was loaded into an ambulance, just minutes after the hearing drew to a close.
Ravi Batra, a New York City attorney who was appointed to the board by Senate Democrats, was conscious and alert as he was taken from the Joint Commission on Public Integrity’s headquarters on a gurney shortly after 12:30 p.m. He could be heard speaking with emergency personnel while they lifted the stretcher into the back of the ambulance.
It’s wasn’t immediately clear what had happened. Batra had been the only JCOPE commissioner to ask questions of those testifying at the hearing on donor disclosure, and was seen exiting the meeting room while members of the media spoke to good-government advocates.
Soon after, an ambulance was called to the scene.
This post will be updated as soon as we learn more.