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Abuse victims to Cuomo: No need to delay Child Victims Act

Michael Polenberg, vice president of Safe Horizon, surrounded by New York legislators, advocates and victims of child molestation, speaks in favor of legislation authorizing the Child Victims Act at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. Michael Polenberg, vice president of Safe Horizon, surrounded by New York legislators, advocates and victims of child molestation, speaks in favor of legislation authorizing the Child Victims Act at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. | Photo: AP Photo / Hans Pennink.

February 07, 2019 04:22 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Molestation victims are urging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to quickly sign into law the Child Victims Act, which would extend the statute of limitations so victims have more time to seek criminal charges or sue their abusers. State lawmakers passed the bill last week and now supporters are wondering why it hasn't been signed. A group of them wrote to the Democratic governor on Thursday urging him to act quickly, saying victims have waited long enough.

Cuomo supports the bill and has said he would sign it. His office didn't immediately respond to questions about the delay.

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The lag isn't unusual. The Legislature must formally transmit the bill, a process which sometimes takes weeks, before the legal wording of the bill is reviewed by the governor's legal team.

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