ALBANY — The longtime sponsor of a bill to help victims of child sex abuse seek justice on Tuesday declared the measure dead for the current legislative session. Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Queens) said she doesn’t expect a deal to be reached by Gov. Cuomo, the Assembly, and Senate before the session ends on Thursday. Markey said the Assembly is not even likely to take up a bill it had drafted on the issue until after the fall elections at the earliest. “This is an election year and why put some people in jeopardy if the bill is not going anywhere (in the Senate)?” she said. But a spokesman for Speaker Carl Heastie was quick to deny a decision on the fate of the Assembly bill has been made. He said a vote could come at any time on the bill that would extend the time child sex abuse victims can bring cases by five years, open a six-month window to revive old cases, and treat public and private entities equally when it comes to child sex abuse cases. Even if it passes, the GOP-led Senate is not expected to take up the measure, which is opposed by the Catholic Church… Read full this story
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