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Community Protests SUNY's Decision to Reopen Bid Process for LICH

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Brooklyn lawmakers and community members protested Wednesday after SUNY announced plans to reopen the bidding process for Long Island College Hospital Tuesday.

SUNY released a statement Tuesday night announcing it would reopen the proposal process for the creation of a mixed-use development.

Critics of the move noted that only bidders who participated in the university's original RFP process last July were invited to submit their "best and final offers."

They said the process is rushed and lacks community input.

"We want a full service hospital here, and we know that we deserve the best possible health care outcome," said state Senator Daniel Squadron, whose district covers parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn. "The only way to do that is a new, open RFP, as the public advocate said. One that values health care, not luxury condos. One that gives the community groups and the elected officials a meaningful voice in the process. It's not too much to ask."

Developers have less than a week to submit a new RFP.

New bids are due next Monday at 1 p.m.

SUNY has been trying to shut down the hospital for more than a year.

The university says it's been operating at a steep financial loss.

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