BROOKLYN - A judge has issued a court order requiring Long Island College Hospital to remain open while negotiations continue to save the Brooklyn hospital.

The court order requires SUNY Downstate and the State Department of Health to remove impediments to medical care. It also appoints an independent monitor to assure the hospital's compliance.

Mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio has been an outspoken advocate of saving both LICH and Interfaith Medical Center in Bedford-Stuyvesant.