ALBANY — An outspoken child sex abuse survivor has purchased a digital ad urging the public to pressure state leaders into passing a law making it easier for victims to seek justice as adults.
Gary Greenberg, an upstate investor who created a political action committee to push for the Child Victims Act, said the ad will go up Sunday and run for three weeks on the Empire Report, a state news aggregator site.
With the words, “calling them out,” the ad features pictures and office phone numbers of Gov. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and urges the public to phone them in support of making sure the Child Victims Act is passed as part of the state budget next month.
“These 3 men could fix a law that protects predators instead of kids,” the ad says. “Yet they refuse to act.”
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Cuomo has included the Child Victims Act as part of the state budget he proposed last month. The Democrat-dominated Assembly has passed versions of the law in the past, including last year, only to see it die in the GOP-controlled Senate.
But Greenberg said many issues are often dropped during budget negotiations.
“Cuomo, Flanagan and Heastie have many priorities in the budget,” he emailed. “We have to make sure all 3 leaders keep the (Child Victims Act) as a priority and in the final budget.”
A recent Siena College poll showed that 79% of New Yorkers support the Child Victims Act.
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Cuomo counsel Alphonso David said, “We are fully committed to this piece of legislation.”
Meanwhile, at the urging of some advocates, Cuomo late Thursday proposed an amendment to the Child Victims Act language he included in his budget to make it clear that it would allow victims to legally go after not just those who commit the abuse, but also the institutions they work for either for aiding and abetting the sexual abuse or negligence.
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