Gov. Cuomo signs Child Victims Act into law
February 14, 2019 05:54 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law long-sought legislation that extends the statute of limitations so sexual abuse victims can have more time to seek criminal charges or file lawsuits.
The measure, signed on Thursday, was blocked for the past decade by Republicans who controlled the state Senate.
Democrats took control of the chamber in the November elections, and the Senate and Democrat-controlled Assembly approved the legislation last month.
Cuomo, a Democrat, signed the Child Victims Act in the Manhattan newsroom of the Daily News. The paper published numerous stories on the issue and editorialized in favor of the legislation's passage.
"Today says justice is done. Today says nobody is above the law. The bill says for those that are cloaked in authority, that that cloak is not impenetrable, that if you violate the law we will find out and you will be punished," said Governor Cuomo.
Child Victim's Act advocate Gary Greenberg was in New York City with Cuomo as he signed the law.
"Today, I have fulfilled a lifelong commitment. Since 1967, I have sworn to myself, and to survivors that I have met, that we would see justice one day. The seven year old Gary Greenberg whose sould was murdered and taken away from him by a real-life monster so many years ago was vindicated today, as predators in New York have been pur on notice-Your days of terrorizing New York's children are over," said Greenberg, founder of the Fighting for Children PAC.
Under the new law the statute of limitations for an alleged victim to file a criminal case against an attacker jumped from age 23 to 28 and civil suits can now be filed until the alleged victim is 55 years old.
Updated: February 14, 2019 05:54 PM
Created: February 14, 2019 12:02 PM
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