EAST GREENBUSH — A former student filed a lawsuit last week against East Greenbush Central School District, alleging officials conspired to allow a sexual predator to teach social studies at Columbia High School — a position he allegedly used to prey on students.
The lawsuit accuses Henry Kolakoski of abusing Robert Reese at the teacher's home, at school events and even during classes at school in 1979 and 1980.
One after another, the authorities who were supposed to protect kids gave Dr. David Blasczak a pass.
A newly filed lawsuit may help explain why.
As far back as 1993, and perhaps earlier, worried families had complained that Blasczak, a family practitioner in the small Wayne County village of Clyde, was engaging in questionable conduct with young girls.
New York state and local agencies looked into Blasczak’s conduct several times but took no action to keep him away from vulnerable children.
He remained a practicing physician and a free man until 2018, when ...
On Tuesday the former student, Tara Yellen, filed a lawsuit against the Brighton Central School District, accusing it of failing to protect her from the alleged predation of its former teacher, Gary Alan Wiener.
Yellen, now 47, said she is suing to bring attention to teacher-student sexual abuse.
"This was so damaging to me. I know I’m not alone. I know this type of abuse devastated and continues to devastate so many other people. I need people to understand how insidious this type of abuse really is," Yellen said in an interview.
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The civil action lawsuit is one of thousands filed under the Child Victims Act against individuals, schools, churches and youth organizations. Last August, the law allowed survivors of child sexual abuse one year to file claims against those responsible for abuse regardless of how long ago the incident took place.
Nearly a year later, there were 3,797 suits as of late last week filed according to the New York Office of Court Administration, with 109 filed in Westchester, six in Dutchess and four in Rockland. New York County ...
Child abuse survivor Ron Samuel, one of 80 accusers of reputed serial sexual predator Dr. Reginald Archibald in the latest Child Victims Act lawsuit against Rockefeller University, wanted his name in the court papers.
“It’s important to come forward and discuss what happened, and protect other people,” he told the Daily News. “I have no problem exposing my name. I don’t want to be shut down in any manner. I wanted to come forward with the full story.”
The latest sordid tales of Archibald’s decades of sick sexual behavior with children were contained in ...
Eighty more names were added to the list of men and women accusing a New York City hospital of knowing, and not preventing, a prominent pediatric specialist from sexually abusing and taking naked photographs of child patients.
Over the past year, more than 100 individuals have come forward regarding abuse they said they endured decades ago under the care of Dr. Reginald Archibald, a pediatric endocrinologist at Rockefeller University Hospital.
Dr. Reginald Archibald
The Marsh law firm is filing a group claim today on behalf ...
A lawsuit filed Wednesday accuses a former doctor at Rockefeller University Hospital in Manhattan of sexually abusing 80 children — mostly boys — over a four-decade span under the guise of treating them for growth disorders.
The lawsuit follows one filed last year by another 40 alleged victims against the late Dr. Reginald Archibald, whom a lawyer for the plaintiffs called the most prolific pedophile in New York State, if not U.S., history.
“It was at least hundreds, and perhaps thousands” of victims, said Jennifer Freeman, an attorney in the Wh...
As a Girl Scout growing up in upstate New York, Alice Weiss-Russell says she lived with a dark secret: The husband of her troop leader was sexually abusing her in the bathroom of a church basement where scout meetings were held in the 1980s.
Weiss-Russell has detailed her alleged ordeal in a new lawsuit filed against Girl Scouts of the USA, part of a flurry of child sex-abuse cases in New York using a “look back window” for making civil claims against abusers.
“For me, it gives me a chance to be heard because I didn’t have that chance when I was young and ...
The civil courts were closed for months during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York, so the State Legislature has decided to grant the survivors of child sexual abuse more time to file lawsuits under the Child Victims Act by extending it for another year.
After the Legislature passed the extension with a veto-proof vote, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law on Monday.
“Today, Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders reaffirmed their commitment to justice for decades of heinous abuse committed by the most trusted members of society,” said James ...
Victims of child sexual abuse are rushing lawsuits into New York state court, fearful that two attempts to extend the deadline for such suits will amount to nothing.
More than 400 child sexual abuse suits have been filed in the past month, and 1,000 since late May. Hundreds more are expected before the original deadline arrives in three weeks.
"Our firms are working around the clock to finalize the complaints. We’re filing all of our cases now," said Michael Pfau, a Seattle-based lawyer who, in conjunction with a New York firm, has filed upward of 600 ...