withdrawing its plan to close Long Island College Hospital in Downtown Brooklyn.
In a media release after the announcement, Albanese, a strong critic of the SUNY plan, praised the nurses, doctors and patients of LICH, the elected officials, and the New Yorkers from across the five boroughs who together fought to keep the hospital open, refusing to concede.
They are an example, he said, of what it takes to protect the city's neighborhoods from creeping development, loss of public space, and loss of public institutions.
Albanese also praised SUNY for listening to the public and changing course.
The fight for LICH isn't over, Albanese said. The next battle will be to ensure that the hospital isn't starved of funding, and that other public institutions across the city don't end up like LICH almost did.