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Investigation crippling Schenectady-based ministry

Attorney general continues to probe Young organization

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Continued probing into the inner financial workings of Peter Young Housing, Industry and Treatment has stymied state funding for the massive network and placed it precariously close to insolvency, a lawyer for the founder said. E. Stewart Jones, an attorney representing the Rev. Peter Young, said the investigation by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office has dragged on for more than a year and has led to other state agencies withholding funding for the programs he ...

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March 26, 2014
9:37 a.m.

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It probably should either collapse, or be taken over by a non-sectarian human service entity. From its inception, it has been a mirky mixture of politics, finance, religion, and reductionistic rehabilitation services. What began as a genuine attempt to offer personal recovery programs for Catholic politicians and bankers, morphed into a bait n switch employment program for incarcerated substance abusers. These services are certainly necessary and laudable. However, the unspoken conditions which accompanied them undermine true individual recovery. I have seen what Fr. Young's personal influence can force state agencies into doing. It is short sighted, and frequently not in the individuals being served best interests. Funds going to his programs are better used by others offering the same services.