Assemblyman David I. Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) was joined by bill co-sponsors Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, Assemblymember Alice Cancel, and Assemblymember Thomas Abinanti; as well as Michael Carey of the Jonathan Carey Foundation, and Disability Rights Attorneys Ilann Maazel & Rob Santoriella to push for the passage of bill A8307 (Weprin)/S6010 (Lanza) to stop the abuse of individuals in homes for the disabled.
There may be a reason a prosecutor's office says it never received nine reports of suspicious deaths of developmentally disabled people in state care over the past three years: A state oversight agency acknowledged Friday it sent them to an assistant prosecutor's personal email, an account that apparently had been abandoned.
Robert Santoriella, a NYC lawyer who represents disabled clients, said a number of suspicious deaths have occurred that were not promptly reported to police and prosecutors. He said the current system bypassing 911 violates the constitutional right of developmentally disabled people to equal protection under the law.
Advocates urged passage of a new law Monday requiring mandatory 911 calls to police when disabled people under the care of the state are injured, replacing the current system which handles most incidents in-house by agency officials.