Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Editorial: Support for Cuomo Oversight Plan

The stories of abuse, suffering and unexplained deaths among those sent to homes for the disabled in New York State are horrifying. A worker sits on an autistic boy and crushes him to death. Another worker sexually abuses a 54-year-old disabled woman. A quadriplegic drowns as an aide leaves him in a tub of water.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has finally come up with a comprehensive plan to monitor thousands of New York’s private and public facilities. The legislative package he released this week would create a new agency to oversee homes for about a million people who are disabled or mentally ill. It is a sensible, straightforward proposal that legislators and unions should support.

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