Cuomo Vetoes Bill To Keep Childrens' Psych Center in W. Seneca

Lawsuit Continues, But Move To Buffalo More Likely Now

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Gov.Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a measure that would scuttle his plans to relocate the WNY Childrens' Psychiatric Center from West Seneca, and consolidate the facility onto the  grounds of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center at Elmwood and Forest Ave. in Buffalo.

The veto has not been officially announced with a message explaining the governor's rationale,  but  the Governor's office posted it in a legislative tracking system, and was confirmed in a tweet from NYS Senator Patrick Gallivan who had been fighting against the closure .

The Cuomo administration has begun construction at the Buffalo facility, in hopes of making the move next year, freeing up the largely-vacant campus in West Seneca, that also once housed the now-closed West Seneca Developmental Center on East and West Road. 

The administration says the move would save up to $4 million; Gallivan and Assemblyman Mickey Kearns have joined with a parents' group that has said security would be diminished at the new location, and specialized needs of children would not be served. 

"We will be in touch with our leadership to call back our lawmakers to return to session to override the veto," said Gallivan last week, in advance of the expected veto.   The last time however that the state legislature overrode a gubernatorial veto was in 2006. 

The Coalition to Save the Children’s Psychiatric Center has a lawsuit pending in State Supreme Court to halt the move. 

" If the governor vetoes, I am prepared to join the lawsuit with the advocates and continue this fight," Kearns said last week . 

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