CVA activist endorses Malick for Senate

An activist crusading for passage of the stalled Child Victims Act held a rally in Goshen on Thursday with state Senate candidate Pramilla Malick and endorsed her.

Gary Greenberg, founder of Protect NY Kids and the Fighting for Children PAC, has been campaigning with Democratic Senate candidates to support legislation for victims of childhood sexual abuse that the Republican-controlled Senate has refused to take up. He held similar rallies in Cornwall and Kingston a week earlier with James Skoufis and Pat Strong, the Democrats running for the 39th and 46th Senate Districts.

The difference in the 42nd District race is that two Democrats who both support the Child Victims Act – Malick and Jen Metzger – are competing in a primary next week. Greenberg, who also appeared with Malick at a Child Victims Act rally in the Town of Wallkill in March, clarified to the Times Herald-Record that he’s supporting Malick in the Democratic primary.

“She is the hardest working voluntary community activist I know for any community,” Greenberg said by email. “Pramilla is outspoken, has supported and lobbied for the Child Victims Act. We need Pramilla in the Senate to see that the CVA passes in January.”

All three Senate districts – the 39th, 42nd and 46th – have been held by Republicans. Democrats gaining seats in November and taking control of the narrowly divided Senate would likely mean enactment of the Child Victims Act, which would extend the deadlines for abuse victims to bring court cases and give all past victims one year to sue their abusers and culpable institutions.

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