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NY moves to end abuse of people with special needs in state care

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Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday announced a major reform package aimed at ending the abuse and neglect of people with disabilities in state care. Marie Cusick reports from Albany.

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Marie Cusick
Reporter, The Innovation Trail

The governor was joined by legislative leaders, district attorneys, and people with disabilities at the state Capitol on Monday.

The legislation would create a new agency called the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs to oversee care of the disabled.

The reforms come after a series of articles in the New York Times detailed how disabled people were abused, neglected, and even died in state care.

The governor calls it a civil rights issue.

"They deserve human dignity. They deserve to be treated fairly."

The legislation would also create a Special Prosecutor who would have jurisdiction alongside local district attorneys to investigate allegations of abuse.

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