Push to get Child Victims Act into state spending plan on ‘life support’

By Kenneth Lovett

Mar 29, 2018 | news

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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