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NY mum on thousands of reports of disabled abuse

Created: 02/10/2014 1:02 AM WHEC.com

The New York state agency established last year to protect the disabled in state-funded institutions has received nearly 25,000 reports of significant incidents, abuse, neglect and deaths in its first six months. But the public knows little about whether those reports led to prosecutions, arrests and firings.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo two years ago, in proposing the new Justice Center with a special prosecutor and 24-hour hotline, declared that a million disabled New Yorkers deserve to be "free from abuse" and "treated with dignity."

Data obtained by The Associated Press through a freedom of information request show more than 42,000 hotline reports through early December, including more than 14,000 significant incidents, 7,500 claims of abuse and neglect and 1,900 deaths.

Requested information on police cases was denied as "confidential."



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