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Legislature to review drug treatment plan in December

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(WBNG) -- The proposed drug treatment facility saga has had yet another shake-up.

Legislature Chairman Daniel J. Reynolds (R) announced Thursday he will call a Committee of the Whole Legislature to be held on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 4 p.m. 

Reynolds and the entire legislature plan to discuss the proposal for the creation of a drug treatment center at the former Broome Developmental Center in the Town of Dickinson.

Officials from Syracuse Behavioral Health and the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services are also expected to attend.
A resolution authorizing acceptance of a $2.7 Million grant from New York State will be considered at the Legislature’s previously scheduled end-of-year session that evening, following the Committee of the Whole. 

Less than a week ago, the Broome County Office of Management and Budget announced the vote will not take place during December, pushing it back until at least Jan. 2018. 

As Chairman of the Legislature, Dan Reynolds has the power to not bring a resolution to a vote or table them until a future date. If this resolution is held over, the legislature will have to vote on it in their January session.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said back in October that he expected the new center to be open and functioning by early 2018.
Tuesday, dozens of people attended an open forum about the facility. Many of them voiced their support for the project. 

Both meetings will take place in the Legislature Office on the 6th Floor of the Edwin L. Crawford County Office Building, 60 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY.

New York State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo responded to the news in a statement, saying: 

“Every day that this project is delayed is another day that people throughout the region go without help they need. Other counties have recognized the urgency of this matter and Broome County’s inaction has them lining up to request this funding. Elected officials from the federal government down to the local level from both parties, as well as law enforcement officials and health care professionals have all expressed their support for this treatment facility. We are committed to doing everything we can to move this project forward and I urge everyone that supports this project to contact their legislator to let them know.”

New York State Senator Fred Akshar told 12 News: 

"This is encouraging news and a positive step forward for an important project. The people of the 52nd District deserve quick action when it comes to something as undeniable as our need to address the heroin & opioid epidemic head-on."