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Oversight Group Sues NYS For Detailed Abuse Reports

The Cuomo administration is fighting an attempt by a legal services group with federal oversight responsibility to obtain complete investigative reports about alleged abuse of the disabled and mentally ill in state care.

The state Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs says it can only disclose completed reports after removing the names of staff accused of abuse or neglect, people who filed the complaints, witnesses and clinical records.

The Cuomo administration, which established the center in 2013 in response to ongoing abuse issues in state care, has asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit, filed by Disability Rights New York. It seeks withheld information from four cases, including one fatality and three others involving individuals who allegedly were abused.

A hearing is scheduled April 16th.

(c) 2015 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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