New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday said he will extend the “look back” window outlined in the Child Victims Act by five months, giving survivors of child sex abuse more time to file lawsuits over older claims barred by statutes of limitation.

The move is expected to push the deadline for filing claims to the middle of January, instead of this August. The third-term governor said the state is giving more time for survivors to file due to the reduction in court services spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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