COBBLE HILL - Community members, employees and elected officials rallied in front of Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill Monday after 500 staff members received a notice that they will be losing their jobs effective Tuesday.
SUNY Downstate has since postponed the proposed layoffs.
Protesters say that the plan to remove the hospital’s personnel is another way for SUNY Downstate to close the facility.
A judge decided to stall SUNY’s plan to shut down the hospital earlier this month. SUNY Downstate has repeatedly tried to close LICH, saying that the facility is losing millions of dollars per month.
"SUNY intends to take the responsible steps that are needed to align staffing levels with the greatly reduced patient volume and limited services available at the facility," SUNY officials released in a statement.