Long Island College Hospital nurses, patients and caregivers gathered for a second straight day outside the hospital Tuesday to give speeches and chant before getting on a bus headed to Albany.
There, they presented the SUNY Board of Trustees with 18,000 signatures on a petition to keep the hospital open.
The board did not make any decisions, but the advocates say that they want the community's voice to be heard.
"The community wants a full service hospital, and that's what we want," said one person. "I've been here for 37 and something years, and this hospital has been a good hospital for the community."
"There's a desire here to downsize, possibly close the hospital and build condominiums," said another. "The community's demanding full service hospital here at Long Island College."
The board delayed a decision on a December bid to take over LICH and develop condos and an urgent care center.
It may make a decision later this week.