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Rick Collins’ on Making Sealing Law a Reality, Featured in Amsterdam News

A new law could mean a new start for New Yorkers In 1992, John (not his real name) and his friends were stopped by police while riding around in a car. The car was stolen. Everyone, including John, were arrested. He was 18 years old at the time. The infraction, the only one of his […]

Judge Publishes Decision Granting Sealing Under New York CPL § 160.59 Sealing Law

Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC (CGMB) is proud to have represented our client N.N., whose name has been redacted to protect his identity, in his successful action to have his criminal record sealed under New York’s new criminal record sealing law (CPL § 160.59). A judge in Queens, New York, granted the motion and […]

Rick Collins’ Leadership in Sealing Criminal Records Featured in Newsday

Newsday Cover Story Highlights CGMB’s Role in First Nassau County Conviction Sealed Under New Criminal Record Sealing Law in New York The issue of criminal record sealing in New York, and CGMB Founding Partner Rick Collins, made headlines on Long Island last week – helping to raise awareness of this new law in New York that […]

CGMB Secures First Criminal Record Sealed in Nassau County Under New Law

CGMB is proud to announce that today, for the first time in Nassau County and possibly New York State, a Nassau County District Court judge ordered a misdemeanor criminal record be sealed pursuant to newly enacted Criminal Procedure Law Section 160.59. On behalf of our grateful client, we thank the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office […]

The Wall Street Journal Recognizes New York’s New Sealing Law

Friday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal addressed New York’s new sealing law in an article, “New Law Aims to Help Ex-Convicts Get Jobs” (only WSJ subscribers may have full access). The piece, authored by Thomas MacMillan, notes that New York is home to 2.3 million people with criminal convictions. The new law, Criminal Procedure Law […]

Law Allowing New Yorkers to Seal Their Criminal Records Goes Into Effect

Beginning on October 7th, Tens of Thousands of People Can Seal Their New York Criminal Records and Move Forward with a Clean Slate     Beginning on October 7th, people who have long been suffering the negative consequences of a long-ago New York criminal conviction on their record will finally have the opportunity to have their […]

Rick Collins Named to List of 2017 New York Metro Super Lawyers

Pioneer in the Initiative to Make Criminal Record Sealing in New York a Reality Honored as a NY Metro Super Lawyer for Second Consecutive Year Rick Collins, a Founding Partner at Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry who successfully spearheaded the initiative to make criminal record sealing a reality in New York, has once again been […]

Rick Collins featured in the Queens Chronicle: New law helps NYers to seal their records

A new law has been signed to give New Yorkers, including many in Queens, an opportunity to have their old criminal records sealed, gaining a critical second chance and fresh start on life. The New York State Legislature passed the 2017-18 budget on April 9. When signed by the governor, it added a new, far-reaching […]

Rick Collins featured in Long Island Business News: Second Chance

A new law enables some with criminal convictions to clear their records By ADINA GENN A new measure adopted by the state legislature in the 2017-18 budget gives New Yorkers with criminal records an opportunity to clear their names. The provision – the sealing of select criminal records – could give those who qualify the […]

Rick Collins Featured in Articles About New Criminal Record Sealing Law in New York

A Longtime Advocate for Criminal Record Sealing in NY, Rick Provides Insight into the New Law … and the Impact it Will Have on Countless New Yorkers Seeking Second Chances In the wake of the recent – and eagerly awaited – change in state law which will now make the sealing of criminal records a […]


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