May 8, 2020
Albany, NY

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces State Will Extend Window for Victims to File Cases under the Child Victims Act until January 14th

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Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the state will extend the window for victims to file otherwise time-barred cases under the Child Victims Act for an additional five months until January 14, 2021. Last year, Governor Cuomo signed the Child Victims Act to ensure survivors of childhood sexual abuse have a path to justice, including the ability to file a case which had already been time-barred or expired, but only for one year, that window to file an expired or time-barred case was set to close August 14, 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a reduction in court services that has limited survivors' ability to file claims and effectively prepare their cases with an attorney. 

  

 

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The Governor also announced that dozens of events are taking place across New York State over the next week to kick off the Nourish New York Initiative. The initiative, launched last week by the Governor, is providing $25 million to food banks for the purchase of surplus agricultural products from New York State farms to distribute to populations who need them most. The first event took place today on Long Island, where the Island Harvest Food Bank held a drive-through food distribution event to provide New York grown and produced products to 3,000 families impacted by the coronavirus. The State's other food banks are each holding similar events over the next week, which are expected to help put food on the table for 20,000 households that have been impacted by COVID-19.

 

 

Last year we passed the Child Victims Act in New York which allowed survivors of sexual abuse as children to file a claim until August.

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"Many aspects of society have been closed down or are less operational during this pandemic, and the court system is among them," Governor Cuomo said. "Last year we passed the Child Victims Act in New York which allowed survivors of sexual abuse as children to file a claim until August. Because of the reduction in court services due to the virus, we are extending that window for an additional five months until January 14th to ensure survivors have the access to the courts that they need to file a claim and get the long-overdue justice they deserve. And I would like to thank Senator Hoylman and Assemblymember Rosenthal for continuing to champion this issue so that COVID-19 does not defer justice for these survivors."

 

 

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Finally, the Governor confirmed 2,938 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 330,407 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 330,407 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

 

County

Total Positive

New Positive

Albany

1,384

36

Allegany

35

0

Broome

364

4

Cattaraugus

59

0

Cayuga

52

0

Chautauqua

40

0

Chemung

130

1

Chenango

105

0

Clinton

74

5

Columbia

304

2

Cortland

29

0

Delaware

63

0

Dutchess

3,277

44

Erie

4,255

119

Essex

31

1

Franklin

17

1

Fulton

103

2

Genesee

169

1

Greene

199

1

Hamilton

5

0

Herkimer

76

2

Jefferson

66

2

Lewis

10

0

Livingston

100

5

Madison

249

3

Monroe

1,735

47

Montgomery

64

1

Nassau

37,812

219

Niagara

605

17

NYC

181,783

1,567

Oneida

620

11

Onondaga

1169

54

Ontario

104

3

Orange

9,402

74

Orleans

121

13

Oswego

72

2

Otsego

67

0

Putnam

1,074

8

Rensselaer

380

13

Rockland

12,349

69

Saratoga

388

14

Schenectady

558

7

Schoharie

45

0

Schuyler

7

0

Seneca

46

0

St. Lawrence

187

6

Steuben

225

1

Suffolk

36,223

331

Sullivan

1,039

18

Tioga

99

2

Tompkins

131

1

Ulster

1,429

13

Warren

199

6

Washington

201

11

Wayne

79

1

Westchester

30,905

197

Wyoming

73

2

Yates

20

1

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