Protesting closure of Broome Mental Health Clinic

By Amy Khuu

June 20, 2014 Updated Jun 20, 2014 at 12:03 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Protestors gathered Thursday afternoon outside the Broome County building downtown to voice their concerns over the legislature's plan to close the mental health center.

County legislators floated a resolution earlier this month to delay the closure of the Mental Health Clinic but it lacked the support it needed and never made it out of committee.

Instead, the resolution won't be brought up to the full legislature until sometime in July.

The clinic currently sees 550 patients, far fewer than the 3,000 who are treated at four other facilities in the area.

County officials have said the clinic will not close until all patients have been assigned a new healthcare provider. But protestors are taking no chance, and are trying to rally support for the vote next month.

"We will keep going and we will be talking to people over the next several weeks to ask them to please come in July." said Karen Carpenter, organizer of Save Our Clinic Coalition.

Protestors also took their rally from the street to county chambers Thursday for the county's regular meeting, reminding local lawmakers they care about the the clinic and the fallout from its closure.

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