Cuomo introduces bill to protect state's disabled

WOODBURY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled sweeping reforms today that aim to protect New York's disabled and special needs population.Cuomo's bill would create a new agency to monitor and investigate alleged abuse inside state institutions and nonprofit organizations. It would also set up a special 24-hour hotline to help people report abuse.Cuomo is calling for a better screening process for workers as well as preventive, corrective and disciplinary action. There were more than 10,000 allegations of abuse last year alone, and the governor says too many abusers have been getting away with mistreating those who have special needs.

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