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County Exec Makes Proposals To Revamp Campus Assault Bill

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The Westchester County executive says he will expand training for the county's police departments and victim advocates as part of a battle against sexual violence on campuses.  Rob Astorino made the announcement Tuesday as part of a proposal to revamp a bill pending before the state Legislature.

Astorino called the bill backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo unworkable. Astorino's version would make it a crime when a college fails to report any alleged sexual assault to police. Colleges themselves would not investigate or prosecute.

Cuomo's press office did not immediately return a request for comment.

Astorino said that in Westchester, he would enhance police training and would commit $20,000 to expand a sexual assault victim advocate program.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press

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