ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A man whose autistic son was killed in state care is blasting a new plan to better protect the mentally and physically disabled in New York facilities.
Michael Carey, an advocate who won an abuse disclosure law named for his son Jonathan, says Monday the legislative deal announced Sunday is a "political stunt" intended to protect the state from lawsuits.
Several other agencies in the system and other advocates, however, have praised the plan.
The system has seen decades of abuse and deaths.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have agreed to create a new state agency called the Justice Center. It will include a prosecutor, inspector general and advisory board as well as a hotline and more disclosure.
Carey objects to giving governors the power to appoint center officials.
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