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NYS Assemblyman Settles Suit Over Disabled Son's Care

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A New York assemblyman and longtime advocate for the disabled has settled a federal lawsuit claiming his disabled son was hit and verbally abused at the Long Island group home where he resides…

Terms of the settlement are being kept confidential ---

Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and his wife, Ellen, claimed AHRC Nassau was responsible for an employee they allege repeatedly abused their son Ricky, now 55.

The lawsuit seeking damages cites other staff telling investigators they saw Dwayne Edwards hit Ricky in the back of the head, flick his ears and neck with his finger and call him derogatory names.

Edwards denies the allegations.

AHRC Nassau has said the employee was "immediately relieved of his duties" after the allegation was reported April 6, 2009, and fired days later after an internal investigation.

© 2013 AP

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