Health care workers, elected officials and others rallied outside Governor Andrew Cuomo's Midtown office on Monday to call for a moratorium on all hospital closures in Brooklyn, to try to save the financially troubled Long Island College Hospital and Interfaith Hospital.
They said if closure plans at both facilities move forward, jobs will be eliminated and many low-income communities will lose access to health care.
"We do not want any more closing of any Brooklyn hospitals. In that area we have working people. They pay their taxes. It's a right of everyone who lives in Brooklyn to have access to health care," said Charmayne Saddler-Walker, a registered nurse in Interfaith Hospital.
Protesters also objected to the involvement of SUNY officials in the administration of the hospitals, blaming them for financial mismanagement.
A spokesperson for the Cuomo administration said in a statement, "SUNY is working tirelessly and responsibly, to find a realistic, financially feasible outcome."