COBBLE HILL - Mayoral candidate and public advocate Bill de Blasio held a rally outside Long Island College Hospital today, saying hundreds of thousands of people will be affected if the hospital and Interfaith Medical Center both close.

A report released by de Blasio says closing the two hospitals would mean 250,000 Brooklyn residents would be forced to travel several additional miles to receive health care.

A judge upheld a restraining order to keep SUNY Downstate from closing LICH for the time being. In Bedford-Stuyvesant, the state Health Department has ordered Interfaith Medical Center to submit a foreclosure plan.

De Blasio says he'll head to court next week to keep both hospitals open permanently.