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Long Island College Hospital to stay open

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -

A Brooklyn teaching hospital that was part of a big state budget fight within the Legislature will remain open after all.

The State University of New York Downstate Medical Center said Friday it will withdraw its plan to close Long Island College Hospital.

The state budget passed in March required the SUNY administration and Downstate Medical Center to find a way to keep the financially struggling hospital open.

Lawmakers fought to assure medical services for the area and maintain the medical college, which trained many black and Latino doctors.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature didn't include a bailout of the hospital, but instead insisted officials find a way to keep it open.

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