Webb: Consolidations 'fly in face of logic'

By Perry Russom

August 5, 2013 Updated Aug 5, 2013 at 11:30 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton City Council members are takings steps to make sure hundreds of jobs stay in the Southern Tier.

New York state is planning on closing in patient psychiatric centers across the state including the Greater Binghamton Health Center.

Council members fear the shift could mean more than 900 jobs would leave the city.

"The state comptroller just did a report - a fiscal profile of the city of Binghamton," said Councilwoman Lea Webb. "Our poverty rate is significantly higher than the state average, our unemployment is also significantly higher than the state average so these recent decisions kind of fly in the face of logic in trying to create opportunities for employment."

The state replace the centers with hubs that would focus more on rehabilitation within the community.

Although state officials maintain the shift would not impact jobs, it would affect some relocations.

Councilman Bill Berg said this not only affects Binghamton but the entire county.

The council is drafting a resolution asking the governor and state leaders to reconsider these cuts.

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