New York is closer than ever before to giving victims of child sexual abuse a chance to sue their attackers and the institutions that harbored them, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Democrats who lead the Senate and Assembly have all vowed to support the Child Victims Act, a long-stalled bill in Albany that would extend the statute of limitations for sexual crimes against children.
It would also open up a one-time-only, one-year window for past abuse victims to file civil claims regardless of when the abuse happened — a measure that has drawn concern from the powerful insurance industry and the Catholic Church.
Cuomo, aided for the first time in his tenure with a fully Democrat-controlled Legislature, has pledged to put the measure in his state budget proposal, which he will unveil Tuesday…..