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Deal Reached on Future of Long Island College Hospital

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Police arrest Bill deBlasio at a July protest against a SUNY plan to close Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn. (David Handschuh/NY Daily News/Getty)

The long-running court battle over the future of Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn has come to an end.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall announced an agreement Thursday that will allow SUNY Downstate to stop running the hospital. The university has been trying to close LICH, which it says has been losing $13 million a month, since early last year. A coalition of healthcare providers, unions and elected officials sued to stop the closure. This agreement ends all litigation.

A statement from Cuomo, de Blasio and McCall suggests the coalition opposed to the LICH closure will play an active role in evaluating development plans for the hospital campus. Several developers have offered plans that include some combination of health care facility and residential units.

The agreement must still be approved by a judge.

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