Senator Flanagan, by now you must realize that New Yorkers have identified you as the one who has been scuttling the Child Victims Act (“CVA”) for all these years. We can see how, in your role as Senate Majority Leader, you’ve kept the CVA buried and out of public sight, even breaking your own Senate rules to prevent it getting a vote.
Fortunately, you’ve been doing this for so long that the talking points you use (lobbyist provided?) have expired. They are all debunked and dis-proven by empirical data collected from states that have passed reform bills with a look-back window like the one in the CVA. You don’t live in a bubble so you must know these things are true. You refuse to meet with survivors and advocates nor do you let the bill come to the floor of the Senate, because then you could no longer justify your obstruction. Your fellow Senators would then get an opportunity to argue for or against it on its merits, question subject matter experts, and hear public opinion….