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May 17, 2012

NY Senate passes bill to protect the disabled

ALBANY — The New York Senate has approved legislation proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to create a new state agency meant to better protect about a million New Yorkers with disabilities under state-funded care.

The bill passed unanimously Wednesday would establish a special prosecutor and inspector general, with more than 400 staff, to oversee six state agencies and their contractors.

It would also create a single point for reporting and screening abuse allegations from residential and day programs.

And it would have a hotline, statewide incident database and a list of employees banned from working with the disabled because of abuse.

The Assembly has been reviewing the bill, which Cuomo says he wants enacted in the remaining weeks of this legislative session.

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