Protesters fight to keep LICH open at the eleventh hour

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COBBLE HILL, BROOKLYN (PIX11) – “Health care not condos!” is what was getting chanted in Cobble Hill Brooklyn Sunday.

These words have floated in the Brooklyn air for months.

Sunday, political leaders and protestors say they will continue to fight to keep Long Island College Hospital open, as SUNY Downstate continues to close its doors, which was expected to officially happen Sunday morning.

“It’s cause SUNY wants to sell the property to build condos with a view of the Statue of Liberty,” one protestor said.

That response came from nearly every person out there, as to why SUNY would sell the 155-year-old facility, but SUNY claims it’s because they lose up to 15 million dollars each month.
“LICH must be preserved. Health care in this area must be preserved, and there has to be a compromise between SUNY and the Governor and the State Legislature that works for the health care needs for this neighborhood and right here in Brooklyn,” Borough president Marty Markowitz said.

Although LICH’s future is still unclear, a state supreme court justice did uphold a temporary restraining order to stop SUNY from forever shutting down over the weekend, regardless of its attempts to do so in recent days.

“It’s about life and death,” congresswoman Nydia Velezquez said. “Decisions regarding public health and access to quality health care are being driven by real-estate industry”



  • Brooklynite

    lich NEVER lost that kind of money. If it is THIS month its because of the actions SUNY DOWNSTATE under H. Carl McCall, Dr. John Williams , George Caralis & James Karkenny have taken to choke it to death – shutting off services, banning ambulances & patients. SUNY Downstate administrators are losing millions of taxpayer $ in its attack on LICH. GIVE THE LICH BACK TO THE COMMUNITY THAT YOU STOLE IT FROM!

  • Anonymous

    SUNY will close if they don’t receive this $. But it will only keep them stable for a year if they Are lucky because they need to grease everyone’s hands that have kept them out if jail during this escapade . They need to stop mismanaging everything they touch! How about getting rid of some of those six figure salaries they pay!!!!! And rent and cars for these people. The neighborhood needs a full service hospital here not done urgent care center like victory memorial, another SUNY disgrace! Close SUNY no one uses that hospital anyway


    SUNY came in to destroy this hospital.Shut its doors and run.Its time for SUNY to get the heck out of LICH!.With the right operators LICH will rise to the top! The truth set LICH FREE!!!

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