disabled care

New York News
4:13 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Cuomo Cites Agency Gains For Disabled In Veto

Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed legislation intended to clear what one lawmaker said in June was a waiting list of 12,000 disabled individuals who needed services or housing.

Cuomo says the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities keeps improving its process, that the legislation largely duplicates what's happening, and the issue should have been addressed in the budget.

Read more
New York News
8:02 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

NYS Assemblyman Settles Suit Over Disabled Son's Care

Credit NYS Assembly

A New York assemblyman and longtime advocate for the disabled has settled a federal lawsuit claiming his disabled son was hit and verbally abused at the Long Island group home where he resides…

Terms of the settlement are being kept confidential ---

Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and his wife, Ellen, claimed AHRC Nassau was responsible for an employee they allege repeatedly abused their son Ricky, now 55.

Read more
New England News
6:04 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Study Finds Many Medical Practices Closed To Disabled Patients

A new survey of medical specialists by researchers in Springfield Massachusetts found many could not accommodate patients who use a wheelchair.   The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act  mandates that all medical practitioners must provide full and equal access. 

Read more
New York News
6:00 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Disabled Lobby for Funding Restoration in NY Budget

March 7, 2013 - Purchase, NY - Governor Cuomo Delivers State of the State and Budget Message in Westchester County.
Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

One of the areas of disagreement in the state budget centers on funding for services for New York’s developmentally disabled people.  

Read more
New York News
12:40 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Mary Beth Pfeiffer - The Poughkeepsie Journal

A congressional committee has been looking into why the federal government overpaid New York State by more than $10 billion for the care of developmentally disabled people in state developmental centers. Congress began its probe after reports in the Poughkeepsie Journal. Mary Beth Pfeiffer, projects writer with the journal, says even though the overpayments were first detected in 2007, they still continued. She spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

Capital District News
6:57 am
Tue June 19, 2012

NYS Assembly, Senate Agree to Sweeping Reform of Disabled Care

The Assembly and Senate have passed legislation they say will curb abuses against disabled people in state care.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports… 

Read more
New York News
7:42 am
Mon June 18, 2012

NY Agrees to Sweeping Reform of Disabled Care

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders say they have agreed on a sweeping reform of the state's system of caring for the disabled that has been marked for years by abuse and death.  WAMC’s Ian Pickus reports…

For Cuomo, the deal announced Sunday fulfills a major legislative goal.

Recent governors have been dogged for years by outcry from whistle blowers and a chilling New York Times series was published this year about abuse within the massive bureaucracy caring for 1 million people.

Read more