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Abigail Barker

An Albany woman has filed a sexual abuse suit against a Troy church.

Two law firms are filing more than 30 new child sexual abuse complaints against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany under New York state’s Child Victims Act. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking May 8, 2020.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is extending a one-year lookback window for victims of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits for an additional five months, to mid-January. The Democrat announced the change at his daily coronavirus briefing Friday, where he also said his health officials are looking into a new related illness in children that killed a five-year-old boy on Thursday.

The New York State capitol in Albany
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Survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their allies are celebrating the one-year anniversary of passage of the Child Victims Act in New York, but they want to update the law to allow some adult victims more time to file lawsuits. 

A child victim’s advocate says he’s exploring a run for the New York state Senate seat held by Republican George Amedore. Amedore recently announced he is not seeking reelection.

Susanne Robertson, at microphone , left is Dan Ellis of Heramn Law firm, right is Jack Cesare
Karen DeWitt

Hundreds of childhood sexual abuse survivors filed lawsuits in New York courts Wednesday on the start of a one-year window of opportunity for victims to seek civil action against their abusers.

Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard says no one is immune to the lure of opioids.
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Hundreds of childhood sexual abuse victims are expected to sue their abusers and affiliated organizations under New York’s Child Victims Act. The legislation’s one-year lookback window for action previously barred by the statute of limitations opened Wednesday. 

Justice Scales
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Wednesday is the first day of a yearlong legal window to allow victims of childhood sexual abuse in New York to sue their alleged abusers. Hundreds of cases are expected to be filed on the first day alone.

Jennifer Freeman, attorney with Marsh Law Firm, and Gordon Smith, childhood sexual abuse survivor
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Beginning on August 14, New Yorkers who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse will have a one-year window of opportunity to file civil suits against their abusers, under the terms of the Child Victims Act passed by the legislature earlier this year. Thousands of cases are expected to be filed, with payouts potentially in the millions. 

Dr. Alan Chartock
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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses reports that President Trump intends to declare a national emergency to help fund a southern border wall. He also comments on Amazon pulling out of its headquarters deal in New York City, and the signing of the Child Victims Act in New York.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday signed the Child Victims Act, which gives survivors of childhood sexual abuse more access to purse their abusers in court.

Childhood sexual abuse survivor Richard Tollner meets with Governor Andrew Cuomo shortly before the Child Victims Act was to be voted on at the State Capitol.
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Survivors of childhood sexual abuse are hailing the passage of the Child Victims Act at the New York state Capitol, which will give victims their day in court.

The Child Victims Act is scheduled to be approved in the New York Legislature this week. Sponsors say they have fixed a perceived flaw in the legislation that opponents said could provide a loophole for public schools in sexual abuse cases.

Actor Corey Feldman
Karen DeWitt

Child molestation victims are demanding that New York state lawmakers pass the long-stalled Child Victims Act within 30 days.

Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief of the New York Daily News, about today's headlines, including a vareity of reforms being pushed this week by Democrats in the New York state Legislature. 

Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News, about the possibility of the legalization of recreational pot in the state. They also discuss the Child Victims Act.

Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News, about seven points voters should considering heading into the midterm elections tomorrow. The pair also discuss the Child Victims Act and the Catholic Church.

Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News, about Governor Cuomo's restorartion of voting rights to felons on parole. The pair also discuss the 2018 election.

Ken Lovett
Ken Lovett

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Ken Lovett, Albany Buearu Chief for The New York Daily News, about Suffolk County's efforts to combat anti-union activists.  The pair also discuss efforts to pass The Child Victims Act in the state Senate.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan
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New York’s Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan met privately with Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday over a proposed bill to give victims of childhood sexual abuse more access to the courts. The Cardinal remains opposed to a key provision of the measure.

Karen DeWitt

Survivors of childhood sexual abuse delivered an emotional appeal to New York state senators today, after they learned that the Senate did not put the Child Victims Act into their budget plan. The measure would offer more opportunities for survivors to gain justice in the court system.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A coalition of organizations, advocates, and sex abuse survivors from across New York has kicked off a campaign to extend the statute of limitations in New York for child sexual abuse crimes. The group hopes to convince Republican state senators to support the effort and began Wednesday at the district offices of two Hudson Valley senators.