Cuomo Seeks Child Victims Act in 2019

Governor also seeks bill to approve recreational marijuana

Tom Puckett
November 26, 2018 - 4:00 am

Governor Andrew Cuomo at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. September 26, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Dana Casullo))

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) During a visit to Western New York last week, Governor Cuomo touched upon a couple of topics, including the Child Victims Act and legalizing recreational marijuana use.

Cuomo says the Child Victims Act is needed because there was procrastination by the Catholic Church. "The Child Victims Act is basically justice for the people who were injured," says Cuomo. He says the bill would essentially change the statute of limitations. "Many of these cases are abuse of a child by an authority figure, and when the child was not in a position to handle the situation. It's more complicated when it's a religious authority figure who's respected by the family." 

Cuomo says the what and how need to addressed carefully to avoid a church or diocese from going bankrupt. 

The governor also addressed legalizing recreational marijuana use in 2019. "I expect it to be introduced, but the where and the how are not clear," says Cuomo. "We now have a working group to put together a piece of legislation that would do it. The devil is in the details, how do you do it, where do you do it, the ages," notes Cuomo.

Cuomo says he'd also like to look at other states' versions of legalizing marijuana. 

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