AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s Republican governor is threatening to sue Bangor over a new psychiatric residence facing resistance from city officials.
Gov. Paul LePage told WLBZ-TV that he’s going to file a lawsuit under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. Meanwhile, LePage spokeswoman Julie Rabinowitz said the 21-bed residence could be built in a surrounding community.
The residence would house mental health patients accused of crimes.
LePage decided to bypass the Legislature by building the residence in Bangor instead of Augusta. But Bangor city councilors voted Monday to postpone the project for six months.
The LePage administration announced in August it’s negotiating a lease with construction company Cianbro to build the Bangor facility.