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Children’s psych center stays open

The children’s psychiatric center in West Seneca will remain open for at least another year.

And two centers at Canisius College will be getting $200,000 in state funding.

With the budget starting to close down, lawmakers were free to announce specific details for their districts.

Sen. Patrick Gallivan, an Elma Republican, announced that the children’s psychiatric center would remain open while Assemblyman Robin L. Schimminger, a Kenmore Democrat, announced the news about Canisius.

The sides also agreed on a deal to spend $5 billion in surplus money from unexpected legal settlements, including funds for upstate economic development, money to help the Thruway Authority hold the line on toll levels this year and a big cash infusion for the downstate Tappan Zee bridge project.

The final budget deal also includes requiring legislators who work on the outside as lawyers to disclose client names; the information pertains to any client paying more than $5,000, though there is a long list of exemptions and a formal route for legislators to keep client names secret.

Lawmakers Monday night were trying to rush through bills, but minority party lawmakers in the two houses – who were blocked from participating in budget talks – introduced various hostile amendments. In the Senate, Democrats used the floor debate to, unsuccessfully, push for everything from paid family leave requirements to campaign finance changes.