N.Y. lawmakers unhappy as Hochul makes 11th hour appeal to amend Grieving Families Act

ALBANY — Lawmakers pushed back Monday after Gov. Hochul proposed 11th-hour changes to a measure expanding the types of damages that could be won in wrongful death cases.

Hours ahead of the deadline to either sign or veto the bill known as the Grieving Families Act, the governor added changes, including to medical malpractice exemptions, as she argued in an op-ed published by the Daily News.

The bill seeks to update the state’s 175-year-old wrongful death statute by allowing families to seek compensation for emotional anguish, not just for the lost earning potential of a loved one who dies.

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