From the Morning Memo:

It’s rare for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make a trip to Western New York with no pomp and circumstance these days.

Typically a Cuomo stop in Erie County includes some sort of event or announcement, a chance to tout state funding or economic initiatives connected to his beleaguered Buffalo Billion initiative.

But yesterday, the governor’s public schedule schedule only said generically he would be in Albany and Erie counties, with no public events scheduled. Several sources said he was in the Queen City for a non-government related political fundraising function that didn’t need to be publicly disclosed.

Assemblyman Mickey Kearns, a Buffalo Democrat, was disappointed. He would have liked to know sooner that Cuomo was in his neck of the woods, because it might have given him the opportunity to pressure the governor in person on a specific local issue.

Kearns, Republican state Sen. Pat Gallivan, and mental health advocates held a press conference yesterday morning calling on the governor not to close the Western New York Children’s Psychiatrit Center. According to Kearns, they’re looking for a “Christmas miracle.”

The state Office of Mental Health has recommended the facility be closed and its patients be sent to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. Many advocates are concerned about adults, some of whom are sex offenders, and children being on the same site, and they believe Cuomo could unilaterally restore funding for the facility and keep it open – if he was so inclined.

“Governor Cuomo has done a lot to support Western New York and visits frequently, but one place he hasn’t been is the CPC,” West Seneca Councilman Bill Handly said. “I would offer him an invitation; we’ll take him there ourselves. Let’s show him what we have to offer at the psychiatric center.”

Kearns said he’s invited Cuomo to the center in the past and would’ve have extended yet another invitation yesterday, had he known in advance that the governor would be in town.

“The invitation is always open for the governor to tour the facility, and we’re hoping he will reconsider his decision to close a facility that has had a positive impact on our youth for over 40 years,” Kearns said.