- Associated Press - Sunday, January 4, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed legislation that would have required local social services directors report annually on the average monthly caseloads of their staff in child protective services.

The governor, in his veto message, says he supports the goal of limiting caseloads to ensure social workers can effectively investigate child abuse and maltreatment.

He says the legislation would add another bureaucratic requirement without providing a useful view of caseloads that have “many variables” like the nature of allegations, complexity of cases and number of children in a household.

In her sponsor’s memo, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo said those staff “face extremely high caseloads” in many social services districts, which is not publicly reported, and that information would give lawmakers the information they need to develop policies.

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