Push to get Child Victims Act into state spending plan on ‘life support’
By Kenneth Lovett
The head of the state Senate on Monday all but declared the Child Victims Act dead as part of the state budget.
Leaving a closed-door budget negotiating session, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Suffolk County) said while the Child Victims Act remains under discussion, he does not see it being a part of the final deal.
That would be a crushing blow to abuse survivors who were hoping Gov. Cuomo’s inclusion of the measure in his budget proposal would give the issue momentum.
“It’s really upsetting; it’s really disappointing, but we’re not giving up, either,” said Melanie Blow, a sexual abuse survivor and chief operating officer of the Stop Abuse Campaign. “We have come so far.”
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