BROOKLYN - Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio says a judge has granted his motion to intervene regarding the future of Long Island College Hospital.

de Blasio says he will now be able to participate in the case to find the next operator of the cash strapped hospital, serving as a representative of the public interest.

Last month, the court rejected SUNY Downstate's closure plan for LICH, ruling that the state's process for approving all hospital closures is "unconstitutionally vague."