Picketers take to State Office Building in Downtown Utica

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y.(WKTV) - Picketing is under way outside the State Office Building in Utica. Workers from the Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center already have the support of state legislators who have offices in the building but they're rallying there to prove a point.

The workers say they want the commissioner of the State Office of Mental Health to listen up. But that's not all. The workers also want to get the attention of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

They want the decision to move jobs out of Utica to be re-evaluated and ultimately turned around.

On February 8th, the State Office of Mental Health announced as part of cost-cutting measures around the state, three wards would be leaving the Mohawk Valley Psychiatric.

Two would be moving the the Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse.

Earlier this week, a petition was created by two members of Utica's Common Council as well as an Oneida County legislator, gathering signatures to urge Cuomo to step in and have the consolidation effort be based here in Utica, rather than Syracuse.

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