Fight to keep Long Island College Hospital open returns to court on Monday

New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio updated supporters of the hospital today on his legal battle with SUNY Downstate. He says he will

Employees and supporters of Long Island College Hospital say they are not giving up in their fight to keep the hospital open for its patients.

Employees and supporters of Long Island College Hospital say they are not giving up in their fight to keep the hospital open for its patients. (7/21/13)

BROOKLYN - Employees and supporters of Long Island College Hospital are not giving up in their fight to keep the hospital open for its patients, and the battle will return to a courtroom on Monday.

New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio updated supporters of the hospital today on his legal battle with SUNY Downstate. He says he will be back in court tomorrow to try to block SUNY Downstate from defying a new restraining order that was filed by a judge on Friday.

The restraining order calls for LICH to remain open until a hearing that's scheduled for Thursday. The hospital's emergency room remained blocked off today, to the outrage of its employees.

Community members say they fear the attempted closure of the hospital will turn out much like St. Vincent's in Manhattan, which was closed to make way for upscale real estate.

News 12 Brooklyn reached out to SUNY Downstate for comment, but has not yet heard back.

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