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Brooklynites Rally for Full-Service Hospital at LICH Site

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Community members rallied Tuesday to demand full-services stay at Long Island College Hospital.

SUNY has already declined two bids from companies that the demonstrators say were willing to keep the hospital open fully.

Protesters say that is unacceptable, and creates a dangerous lack of medical services around Red Hook.

They point out that a resident died over the weekend during an asthma attack because they say he could not reach a doctor in time.

"We have been asking for a full-service hospital. You have promised us, Mayor de Blasio, you have promised us a full service hospital,” said Charlene Nimmons, the Wyckoff Gardens Residents Association President.

"We will continue to fight because we will accept nothing less than a full hospital for this community,” said Rep. Nydia Velázquez.

Meanwhile, SUNY is moving forward with a third bidder for the property. They turned to Fortis Property group after negotiations broke down with Peebles Corporation last week.

The new proposal includes an emergency room and a number of other medical services at the LICH site.

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