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Disabled New Yorkers



Federal officials say a nonprofit group is taking over federally funded advocacy and legal protection of disabled New Yorkers in the care of the state and its nonprofit contractors.

Health officials say Gov. Andrew Cuomo has redesignated the program, with Disability Rights New York operating it as of Saturday.

Formerly Disability Advocates Inc., it was one 18 legal service organizations and advocates statewide doing the work under contracts with the state Commission on the Quality of Care.

The commission was criticized in a 2011 federal report for lack of independence from the state agencies it oversees.

It was established in 1977 after the scandal over filth, overcrowding and abuse of mentally disabled children at the state's Willowbrook institution on Staten Island.

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