S2514-2013 – NY Senate Open Legislation – Relates to patients interred at state mental health hospital cemeteries – New York State Senate.
Well, the bill has a new number but it’s not dead! Yay! Special thanks to Senator Joseph Robach and Tim Ragazzo!
On March 1, 2013, Tim Ragazzo, Director of Operations & Legislation from Senator Joe Robach‘s office, called me to let me know that the bill was re-introduced (with a new number), to the NYS Senate and has been referred to the finance committee. This is great news because it means the bill is not dead! Now it has to pass in the Assembly. Hopefully, the bill will become law before it expires at the end of 2014.
-L.S. Stuhler at firstname.lastname@example.org
NAMES INSTEAD OF NUMBERS!
For more information about these long-closed New York State Hospitals, check out the “Interesting Articles & Documents” page.
LIST OF STATE HOSPITALS
By 1901, there were thirteen state hospitals for the insane in the State of New York. All these hospitals buried their dead in anonymous, unmarked graves. Some had their own cemetery like Willard State Hospital; others used city and county cemeteries like Rochester State Hospital. Most of these state hospital cemeteries are unmarked, unkempt, and forgotten. None of the thousands of former psychiatric patients’ names have been released to the public. Considering that in 1870, the first patient was buried in the Willard Cemetery, which in the year 2012 covers a span of five or six generations, these people have waited long enough to be remembered. When you release the names, you remove the stigma. The following is a list of most of these long-closed state hospitals; there are more.
1. Utica State Hospital – Counties of Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Saratoga, Schenectady and Warren.
2. Hudson River State Hospital – Counties of Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam, Richmond, Rensselaer, Washington and Westchester.
3. Middletown State Hospital – Counties of Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster.
4. Buffalo State Hospital – Counties of Erie and Niagara.
5. Willard State Hospital – Counties of Allegany, Cayuga, Genesee, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates.
6. Binghamton State Hospital – Counties of Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Otsego, Schoharie and Tioga.
7. St. Lawrence State Hospital – Counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Onondaga,Oswego and St. Lawrence.
8. Rochester State Hospital – Counties of Monroe and Livingston.
9, 10. Long Island State Hospital – (Kings Park and Flatbush, Brooklyn) – Counties of Kings, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk.
11, 12. Manhattan State Hospital – (Manhattan and Central Islip) – Counties of New York and Richmond.
13. Gowanda State Homoeopathic Hospital (Collin’s Farm) – Counties of Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Wyoming.
Additional State Hospitals:
14. Pilgrim State Hospital – Brentwood, Suffolk County, New York
15. Mohansic State Hospital – Yorktown, Westchester County, New York
State Hospitals for the Criminally Insane:
16, 17. Mattaewan and Dannemora State Hospitals
Let me know how it goes, work is in progress on our end.
Your list of allegedly closed state hospitals is incorrect, as #6 “Binghamton State Hospital” is still in operation as a state psychiatric facility as the Greater Binghamton Health Center.