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Governor Cuomo Plans to Propose New Agency

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to propose creating a new agency to oversee care of the disabled.

The New York Times reports that Cuomo will announce the proposal this week in response to the state’s history of overlooking abuse of the disabled living in publicly financed housing, a group numbering nearly one million.

The paper says the new law enforcement and oversight agency will monitor the care of several types of at-risk patients. It would also be granted subpoena power.

The administration is also expected to propose tougher laws to punish those who abuse the disabled. The agency is expected to be called the Justice Center for the Protection of People With Special Needs.

Ian Pickus, WAMC News.