- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York is establishing a new commission to support employment of disabled workers.

The order signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo creates the Employment First Commission whose task is to create a state policy for support services that puts competitive, integrated employment first among options.

Administration officials say the employment rate for disabled adults in the state is 31 percent, compared with 72 percent for others.

Their poverty rate in the community is nearly 29 percent, compared with 12 percent for New York adults without disabilities.

Cuomo has set a tentative goal of 5 percent increase in the employment rate and 5 percent decrease in the poverty rate.

The commission includes officials from the governor’s office and state agencies.

Recommendations to the governor are due March 1.

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