WNY Children's Psychiatric Center Continues Fight versus Governor

Justice Panepinto declines to dismiss WNYCPC lawsuit

Mike Baggerman
July 27, 2017 - 4:25 pm

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – Attorney’s representing the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center and Governor Andrew Cuomo argued in a court hearing on Thursday over the governor’s executive power to veto a bi-partisan bill, passed in both the state assembly and state senate, which would prevent the merger of the West Seneca psych center with the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

According to The Buffalo News State Supreme Court Justice Catherine Nugent Panepinto did not dismiss the lawsuit forbidding the merger, nor did she renew the restraining order issued earlier this month to prevent the governor from vetoing the bill.

The two sides will return in September to argue further.

Inside the courtroom were several supporters for the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center, some wearing shirts with the organization’s name.

“I think it’s a ridiculous idea (to merge the two facilities,” Allison Scanlon, a supporter of the children’s psychiatric center, said to WBEN.  “What it is that’s preventing the governor from putting his name on the bills is a mystery to us. The public is crying out saying this is not a good idea. It’s not a safe place for these children. It’s a top rated facility, why are we trying to fix something that doesn’t need to be fixed?”

Scanlon said her son used to be a patient at the psychiatric center and she has she is worried that her granddaughter having to go where mentally ill adults are being treated are “horrific” to her.

 

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