All but one out of more than 1,400 constituents who responded to Assemblyman Michael P. Kearns' survey said they want Gov. Andrew Cuomo to keep the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center open, the lawmaker said.
Kearns, D-Buffalo, said he sent out a survey last week to all the residents in his district, which includes West Seneca, Orchard Park and parts of Lackawanna and Buffalo. His office received more than 1,400 by Thursday, he said. He said he's never seen such an immediate and consistent response.
"To get this back so quickly is just unbelievable," he said. "Everywhere I go, people are saying we have to protect our children."
The state Assembly and Senate unanimously passed legislation to block Cuomo's proposed closing of the center in West Seneca and prevent the transfer of patients to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. Kearns said all but one of the constituents who responsed to his survey said they want Cuomo to sign the bill into law.