Child Victims Act supporters press on after chief Assembly sponsor’s loss in primary
By Kenneth Lovett
ALBANY — Child sex abuse survivors were saddened by the surprising Democratic primary loss of the prime Assembly sponsor of the Child Victims Act, but they say it will not deter their efforts to get the bill passed in 2017.
First elected to the Queens seat in 1998, Assemblywoman Margaret Markey was soundly defeated by Woodside attorney Brian Barnwell in Tuesday’s primary contest, which had flown below the radar of most political insiders.
Markey has aggressively pushed the Child Victims Act, which would make it easier for child sex abuse victims to bring cases as adults, for about a decade.
There are dozens of Assembly co-sponsors, but it’s unclear who will take the lead in Markey’s absence. Democratic Assembly members Amy Paulin, of Westchester, and Linda Rosenthal and Daniel O’Donnell, both of Manhattan, have already been mentioned as possibilities in some circles.