People Protest Potential Closure of Broome County Mental Health Clinic

Andrew Tarwerdi June 19, 2014 0

Time Warner Cable News | June 19, 2014 | Column by Ted Goldberg

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — People in Binghamton are protesting Broome County’s plan to close the clinic.

On Wednesday, Binghamton’s City Hall voted to tell the Broome County Legislature that it should change its mind, and keep the clinic open. People argue that the budget shortfall should be made up somewhere else, and that this cut would be devastating to people who need treatment.

One person downtown said she would need to travel a lot further if she wants to get help for herself.

“When I was turned down, and I heard it was going to be shut down, it was like my heart sunk,” said Maryann Moore of Binghamton. “It really made that much of a difference in my life, and I’ve seen it make a difference in my family’s life.”

The Broome County Legislature will make its final decision sometime during the fall.