July 18, 2017
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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West Seneca, NY – The attorney representing the Save Our Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center has obtained a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) from a State Supreme Court Judge to stop the State’s plan to merge the children’s West Seneca facility into the adult Buffalo Psychiatric Center, a spokesman for the group tells WNYLaborToday.com.
Erie County Supreme Court Justice Catherine Nugent-Panepinto has granted a TRO that would stop all construction at the Buffalo adult psychiatric center that is currently being done to accommodate the move of the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center (WNYCPC) and prevent Governor Andrew Cuomo from vetoing favorable legislation that has been passed by both the State Assembly and Senate that keeps the children’s facility in West Seneca, Save Our Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center Group Chair David Chudy – a retired New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) Official, told Your On-Line Labor Newspaper today (Monday, July 17th). A full hearing on the issue has been scheduled for July 27th.
For the past four years, a coalition of Labor Unions – including the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) and PEF, community groups and elected officials from both sides of the aisle – have come together to successfully stave off the New York State Office of Mental Health’s (NYSOMH) plan to close the tranquil and wooded WNYCPC that serves children as young as four years old and merge it into the Adult and urban Buffalo Psychiatric Center, which also houses adult sex offenders on its grounds.
Late last week, the Save Our Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center held a news conference (Pictured Below/Save Our Western New York CPC Photos) outside the children’s facility to announce it had filed a lawsuit aimed at preventing Governor Andrew Cuomo from closing the West Seneca facility and merging it into the adult Buffalo facility.
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