Sex abuse survivors lodge rallying cry for Child Victims Act’s passage in Albany
ALBANY — A group of lawmakers and sex abuse victims kicked off the start of the new legislative session Wednesday with a call for quick passage of a long-stalled bill designed to make it easier for survivors to seek legal recourse.
“As we look to the new session, we have to make it our top priority,” Senate bill sponsor Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said at a rally in front of the Senate chamber.
But while Gov. Cuomo has said passage of the Child Victims Act will be a priority for him in 2017, it’s fate is still uncertain.
Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Suffolk County) said it’s too early to tell if it will be brought up for a vote this year.
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