Thursday, May 19, 2016

#NewYork businessman to spend $100,000 to stop #NYGovCuomo minions from derailing #ChildVictimsActGary

Gary Greenberg cares
Gary Greenberg, a New York businessman who was molested as a child in the 1960s will spend $100,000 or more against incumbent state senators from both parties who refuse to support legislation to help child sexual assault victims.  Greenberg told the Daily News that he can’t understand why the New York Legislature won’t pass laws to give adults who were victimized as children more time to bring criminal and civil cases against their abusers. 

Several bills are up for votes to address the problem of limited legal recourse for adults who were victimized as children.  Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Queens) and Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), would do away with the age of 23 limit to bring a civil lawsuit. The bill would provide a one-year window for those victims, like myself, where the statute of limitation has run out to get some justice for the abuse I suffered by a catholic priest and nuns at St. Agnes in NY state.  All previous efforts to get this law passed have died in the Senate.

Greenberg would spend the $100,000 against senators in both parties who don’t act. The money could go toward campaign contributions to their opponents or for ads in their districts. He said he’s also prepared to work with other abuse survivors to hold public events to “tell the residents (of the districts) that their senator voted for perpetrators over survivors and victims of sexual abuse.”

There are other bills up for vote and Greenberg said he could support any of the bills that include the one-year window. The Daily News Editorial Board has offered its own suggestions to spur the do-nothings in Albany — including the elimination of the criminal statute of limitations entirely, and opening the courts for one year to those who say they were victimized and had previously been turned away.

Greenberg disagrees with the Catholic Church and other groups that say they could be financially ruined if there is a one-year window to sue for past victims. So all the catholic church worries about is the money, not the children although it is in no danger of ever going broke. If the flow of cash from the faithful parishioners ever dries up, Pope Francis or his successor can start selling the gold and art work in the cellars of the Vatican.

Greenberg said for many victims, it’s more about healing than the money. “Not everybody wants money,” he said. “The majority want to heal and want to find out the true facts. In a lot of cases, to get the facts, you have to sue. These are not frivolous lawsuits. They’re lawsuits so people can get healing and get answers.”  Let’s do it now New York lawmakers – stop listening to enablers and criminals.