Head of NY agency for the disabled resigns

Commissioner Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
Commissioner Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The head of the state agency responsible for care and services for 126,000 disabled New Yorkers has resigned.

Laurie Kelley, former executive director of Ulster-Greene ARC, was named acting commissioner of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last July.

A statement from the state agency doesn’t say why she’s leaving, only that the agency continues its commitment to supporting the disabled and wishes Kelley well.

The agency says executive deputy commissioner Kerry Delaney will serve as acting commissioner.

Kelley got the post when Commissioner Courtney Burke was named the Cuomo administration’s deputy secretary for health.

The agency has faced criticism and lawsuits over treatment of some clients in residential care.

It reported more than 60,000 abuse allegations and 23,000 serious reportable incidents from 2008 to 2012.

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