(WBNG Binghamton) New York State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C-Big Flats) released the following statement on Tuesday's meeting at the Capitol with key Cuomo administration officials on the future of the Elmira Psychiatric Center:
"I appreciate the willingness of Governor Cuomo and his administration to listen directly to our local challenges, concerns and suggestions over the administration's proposed plan for the future of the Elmira Psychiatric Center.
"I'm hopeful that this face-to-face dialogue will encourage the Cuomo administration to go back and take another good, hard look at the case we're making for a stronger role for Elmira and Binghamton in the provision of mental health services across the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and western New York.
"It was a valuable face-to-face listening session. It was a direct opportunity to keep making the case for the Elmira Psychiatric Center as an irreplaceable local employer and mental health service provider, and that's important. It was a worthwhile discussion, in my view, and we agreed to keep working toward a more positive, common sense solution for the Southern Tier.
"The outpouring of grassroots support that's been underway since the Cuomo administration's July announcement has been critical to this effort to save the Elmira Psychiatric Center. We've kept attention focused on the overriding importance of Elmira to cost-effective, high-quality regional mental health care. These grassroots efforts make a difference and we have
to do our best to keep them going."