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Families Hold "Stroller March" To Try To Save Troubled Brooklyn Hospital

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Children who were born at Long Island College Hospital and their parents held a so-called stroller march in Cobble Hill on Saturday to appeal to Governor Andrew Cuomo to keep the Brooklyn hospital open for good.

Protesters said the area's population of families is rising, and if SUNY Downstate shut down the facility it would be extremely difficult for pregnant mothers and parents with young children.

"Well my daughter was born at LICH and I have another daughter on the way and this neighborhood needs a hospital," said a protester.

"I think that this hospital is a viable hospital," said another protester. "It's always busy and there's no reason to close a hospital in such a populated residential neighborhood. And this is all toddlers and parents who have had kids at LICH."

The SUNY board of trustees endorsed a proposal to shut down the hospital, which Downstate says is losing millions of dollars a month.

A judge has temporarily blocked the closure after a lawsuit that claimed the hospital was not transparent in the process of voting to close.

Another court date is scheduled for next month.

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