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We don’t know exactly what state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been looking for in his investigation of Peter Young Housing, Industries and Treatment, or what he has found. But we sure wish he’d make it quicker, or the organization won’t survive. And its programs are needed. Peter Young was a priest in Albany’s crime-ridden South End more than 50 years ago when he recognized what government still has not — i.e., drug addicted ex-prisoners ...

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March 28, 2014
9:04 a.m.

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There's more going on with this organization than the Troy issue. Whether additional issues rise to A.G. involvement is uncertain.

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.