Report: Cuomo Official Sought to Bar Whistleblower

Apr 24, 2012

A published report says the Cuomo administration tried to keep a whistleblower from a Senate hearing on the state's care for the disabled. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports…

The New York Times named the whistleblower: state worker Jeffrey Monsour, an outspoken critic of the system that provides care to thousands of people.

It says his invitation to the Monday hearing was pulled at the administration's request. But Monsour is now expected to attend the panel discussion after the administration relented.

An administration spokesman confirmed the reversal, but called Monsour's attendance a public relations effort to sensationalize the event.

The newspaper has written extensively about deaths and injuries involving patients in the state system.

Republican Senator Roy McDonald says Monsour's invitation was rescinded as a courtesy to the state disabilities commissioner.

Dave Lucas, WAMC News. 

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