Signed petitions in support of Psych Center presented to Assemblyman Brindisi

By HILARY LANE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Local officials presented Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi with signed petitions on Thursday, calling for the Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center to remain open.

More than 3,000 residents have signed petitions and all 29 Oneida County Legislators put their names on an official legislative petition. The wave of support comes after the New York State Mental Health Commissioner issued an order to move Utica patients to the Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse.

"I don't see the reason behind this decision," said Assemblyman Brindisi. "The cost to upgrade the facility is 19 million dollars. It's an old facility full of asbestos. We have a new facility here that doesn't need anything whatsoever, so it doesn't make sense to me fiscally to move forward with this plan."

Brindisi said he will present the petitions to the Governor's office, even though it is unlikely the commissioner will budge with his decision.

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