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De Blasio, Advocates Cheer Most Recent LICH Victory

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Staying focused on the general election and not a potential runoff, Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio on Friday attended a rally celebrating a judge's most recent decision to keep Long Island College Hospital open.

De Blasio said it effectively creates a moratorium on hospital closures around the city because the judge ruled that the state's process for closing facilities is unconstitutionally vague and needs to be changed.

SUNY Downstate, which runs the Cobble Hill facility, has tried repeatedly to close it down claiming it's losing too much money.

"This is a historic decision. This is a decision in favor of health care for all, in favor of listening to neighborhoods again and making sure that people are protected and government taking responsibility for the needs of the people," de Blasio said.

The emergency room at LICH remains open, and ambulances last week resumed transporting non-critical patients.

SUNY Downstate stressed the hospital is still not a full service facility and can only offer basic services.

They say they are reviewing the latest ruling.

Meantime, the public advocate made it clear that his campaign was not losing momentum despite the time it's taking to count every ballot.

"Do I look like a guy who's in limbo? We are moving forward to another election. You can fill in the blank, you can fill in the blank because something still has to play out here. But to us, it's equal. We are moving forward to the next round of this election one way or another, and we're very comfortable with that reality," de Blasio said.

Democratic candidate William Thompson, who came in second place, has said that he wants every vote counted.

The final tally is not expected to be finished until late next week.

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