Monday, June 1, 2009

Albany's Secret Abuse Legislation Battle

Albany's Secret Abuse Legislation Battle

An intense behind the scenes legislative battle between the city’s top religion, politics machines has made abused kids pawns of a power struggle. The public got a little hint of the intensity this weekend when a Brooklyn bishop used his bully pulpit to try to blackmail legislators over a molestation bill he opposes BISHOP IS DEFIANT ON THREATS. The interesting thing about this threat is there has not been on newspaper editorial opposing the treat or the efforts to water the a bill designed to protect victims of child abuse.

A fierce battle is underway between legislators, religious groups and victims’ advocates over whether Engleman, and others like him who were abused as a child but did not come forward until after the statute of limitations ran out on their case, should be allowed to have their day in court. Two competing bills are being considered by New York legislators to extend the statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases that have touched a religious nerve in Brooklyn, pitting religious institutions, like the Catholic Church and some ultra-Orthodox rabbis who are fearful of a storm of alleged victims coming forward and seeking financial compensation, against victims groups and trial lawyers. The Queen Democratic Organization is taking a principle stand on victims rights while the Brooklyn county leader is leading the churches and some Jewish religious leaders fight.

The bills are sponsored by Margaret Markey (D-Queens) and Vito Lopez (D-Brooklyn) respectively, and have already set up a showdown, pitting survivors of abuse and their advocates — who support the Markey bill — against major Catholic and Jewish institutions, which are backing the Lopez version. The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D-Brooklyn), would extend the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse for civil cases by two years. A bill sponsored by Assemb. Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth) would suspend the seven-year statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases for a year. That means those who allege abuse -- including three who told their stories to Newsday -- could file civil lawsuits no matter how long ago the abuse took place Abuse Survivors: Markey Bill Our Chance at Justice, Breaking: Lopez Child abuse bill criticized as 'red herring' makes it ... , Abused Kids Pawns in Brooklyn Power Struggle?. The National Organization for Women and a prominent group of African-American clergy support a controversial bill that would temporarily lift the statute of limitations on lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of children. . . The Marty Markowitz Patato Chip Concert Hall I would say that being Borough President has gone to Marty's head. His ego is very connected to the concerts he put on at the beach during the summer. Now following in the footstepts of the late Saddam Hussein he wants to build a place to be remember by Coney Island Amphitheater Critics Hurting Markowitz's Feelings

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