Fred Mogul, Reporter, WNYC News
Fred Mogul has been covering healthcare and medicine for WNYC since 2002.
A judge has again ordered the state not to close Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn.
Justice Johnny Lee Baynes ruled Tuesday that SUNY Downstate, which acquired LICH in 2011, cannot act on a closure plan it submitted to state regulators.
At the same time, Baynes also ruled the law giving the state Health Department oversight over closures is unconstitutionally vague.
SUNY is appealing the court orders—and is seeking an automatic stay in the Appellate Division.
In a written statement, a spokesman says SUNY is committed to finding someone to take over LICH, but cannot continue to operate the hospital itself. SUNY, which says it is losing $15 million a month, has been trying to close LICH since March.