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Cuomo vetoes bill to keep WNY Children's Psych Center in West Seneca

Posted at 8:40 AM, Nov 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-30 18:39:48-05

The Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center is set to be moved from West Seneca to the campus of the Buffalo Psych Center on Elmwood Avenue.

The decision comes after Governor Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have kept the children on their own campus in West Seneca, instead of moving them to the Buffalo campus, which also houses adults.

New York State Senator Pat Gallivan says he plans to formally request that the NYS Senate hold a vote to override the veto.  Senator Gallivan and Assemblyman Mickey Kearns both tweeted their disappointment to the governor's move.  The bill to keep the children in West Seneca unanimously passed in the legislature.

New York State's Office of Mental Health made the announcement that it planned to move the WNY Children's Psych Center to Buffalo in 2016, saying it would save taxpayers money and expand services.  While children will be on the same campus as adults, the OMH says the children would never be in contact with adults, and would be "completely separate and secure".