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OGDENSBURG — The law firm of Jeff Anderson and Associates will file over 200 lawsuits under New York’s new Child’s Victims Act, Aug. 14. The lawsuits are being filed on behalf of survivors of childhood sexual abuse from clergy members in New York.

Ten of those lawsuits will be filed will be against clergy members from the Diocese of Ogdensburg.

Jeff Anderson said, in a press release, that his firm is also filing lawsuits on behalf of survivors of abuse by various other perpetrators, including Boy Scout leaders, teachers, doctors and clergy of various denominations. Most of the lawsuits will name as defendants the institutions that enabled the perpetrators.

Mr. Anderson and his firm, along with several survivors, and lawyers from firms partnering with Anderson’s firm, will hold press conferences in each New York diocese Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to announce and discuss the lawsuits and the CVA.

The press conference in Ogdensburg has been sheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at a place to be determined.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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In the fall of 2018, Bishop Terry LaValley published the names of offending priests (minus all other relevant and important information), and published the total figure paid out to survivors who participated in the Diocesan payout program (IRCP). Since then, nothing. Since then, silence, when Bishop LaValley promised transparency. When will Bishop LaValley provide the work histories of offending priests, the names of offending priests that have come to light since the original list was published, and the figure paid to survivors since the original payout was published? Where is the promised transparency in the Diocese of Ogdensburg? Where is the leadership? Welcome Jeff Anderson and Associates. Beware the culture and climate of secrecy and silence in the Diocese of Ogdensburg. (When it's available, can the Times publish the place of the 2 p.m. meeting on Thursday in Ogdensburg? Thank you.)

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