Local State Senator Tom Oâ€™Mara is offering his reaction to the Cuomo Administrationâ€™s announced closure of the Elmira Psychiatric Center.
The Office of Mental Health Wednesday unveiled its plan to close psychiatric hospitals in Elmira, Binghamton and several other communities statewide next year.
Oâ€™Mara says the closure would result in the potential loss of 250 local jobs and says he is â€śtruly angered, disappointed and disheartenedâ€ť by the decision.
Oâ€™Mara says itâ€™s a failure to recognize the fundamental importance the Psych Center has to the 11-county region.
The Office of Mental Health says layoffs are not planned and employees will be given the opportunity to transfer or retrain for other jobs.