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Assembly wants revised plan to help disabled

May 21, 2012
Associated Press

ALBANY (AP) - The New York Assembly leader says his chamber wants allegations of abuse against the disabled to be reviewed by an outside agency, a change in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's current proposal.

Speaker Sheldon Silver says they are concerned investigations would remain essentially an internal state process.

The Senate has passed Cuomo's bill, which the governor says would better protect a million disabled New Yorkers under care by the state and contractors.

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver
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It would establish a new state agency with a prosecutor and inspector general, hotline and central registries to handle some 10,000 annual abuse complaints.

Some advocates say reports often have been buried in-house, and should go straight to police and county prosecutors.

Silver says legislative talks continue and he anticipates the Assembly passing "some version" of Cuomo's bill.



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