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Workers Protest State Plan To Close Brooklyn Developmental Center

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Workers, clergy and family members protested Thursday against the state's plan to close the Brooklyn Developmental Center.

Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to close four state offices for people with developmental disabilities by 2017, including the BDC in East New York.

Protesters are asking the governor to take another look at the books and try to find money to keep the center.

They say that the private-sector institutions are no help.

"The individuals would go to the private sector, where they are not trained to take care of the individuals that we take care of," said Faye Wilkie-Fields, president of Local 447 Region 2.

"Many of the not-for-profits do not have doctors on staff. Many of them only have part-time nurses," said Tony Cosentino, a parent of a patient at the center. "If John needs services, he has to go to emergency rooms at a nearby hospital.

"These people need our assistance, and we are out here to fight for them and advocate for them," said Lester Crockette, president of Metropolitan Region 2.

The other campuses slated to close are Bernard Fineson in Queens, the Broome Development center in Binghamton and the Oswald D. Heck Developmental Center in Schenectady.

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