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Lawmakers consider reopening look-back window under Child Victims Act

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State lawmakers are considering the reopening of a lookback window under the Child Victims Act, allowing survivors of childhood sexual assault to once again file civil suits.


The discussion gained traction after Friday’s funeral for Albany Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard, according to the Albany Times Union.

The bishop, who served the Albany Catholic Diocese for 37 years and died recently at 84, faced numerous allegations of covering up sex abuse claims within the diocese and is currently named in seven lawsuits for sexual misconduct.

His funeral reignited a dialogue on past legislative efforts, with Sen. Brad Hoylman-Sigal, sponsor of the Child Victims and Adult Survivors acts, emphasizing the Legislature’s unfinished work in supporting survivors.