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Spitzer signs Jonathan's Law

The Careys met with the governor prior to the bill signing last week and urged for more efforts to stop abuse, including changing the protocol when someone calls the state child abuse hot line.

"When calls to the hot line are received, they should go to a local police agency and not a state agency, and we are going to push for this very hard," Carey said.

Commissioner of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Diana Jones Ritter said the state Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities will establish a toll-fee statewide information line at (866) 946-9733 to "help people get answers to questions about programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities."

Meanwhile the Carey's have formed the Jonathan Carey Foundation designed to educate and advocate for the most vulnerable children. The First Annual Jonathan Carey Foundation Walkathon is slated for Saturday, Sept. 29, in the Elm Avenue Bethlehem town park at 10 a.m. For more information on the event, call 475-9100.

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