State Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy, D-Buffalo, is asking the state Education Department to allow the Cantalician Center’s application for its expansion of operations in Depew to move ahead, despite the department’s recent statewide freeze on processing special education program requests.

In a letter to Assistant Education Department Commissioner James DeLorenzo, Kennedy said the suspension could cost the agency more than $100,000 per month in program reimbursements and threatens to displace hundreds of students with severe disabilities in the middle of the school year. The Cantalician Center’s Depew campus opened in September on George Urban Boulevard, consolidating two aging buildings into a new state-of-the-art facility with classrooms, a fitness center, and physical and occupational therapy rooms.