Commissioner: Abusers will be fired
Some 200 state employees are on the chopping block for alleged abuse of group home residents at various locations around New York. The proposed terminations are not dependent solely on any criminal proceedings but are the result of “substantiated allegations of abuse” as determined by internal investigations. Courtney Burke, who leads the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, says that she and other top managers at the agency are working to correct systemic problems that may have led to incidents of abuse. “We’re increasing transparency. One of the ways that we’re doing this is by showing individuals and families good providers and bad providers and making that information public on our website,” she told reporters. “We have also begun a provider report card that compares agencies and how they’re doing with the services they’re providing.”
Burke revealed that the standards for working in government group homes were shockingly low. In fact baseline improvement standards as proposed by Burke included requiring that care possess high school diplomas and pass a drug screening.
Analysts: Gas will not top records
After consumers were frightened with predictions of record high gas prices in the spring, fuel prices did skyrocket to over $4 per gallon in western New York. However, after holding steady for several weeks, prices began to fall. Although the price per gallon is still close to $4, experts now say that prices will not reach record highs this summer. Previous predictions had pointed to prices as high as $5 per gallon for the summer driving season. The federal government now predicts a nationwide average price of $3.79 per gallon through this summer.
Chilly today with a high of 59 and a slight chance of rain. Tonight, partly cloudy skies with a low in the upper 30s.