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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 […]

Rick Collins featured on InformNNY.com: Change to criminal law in New York will also give ex-cons chances to seal records

A change in state law which raises the age of criminal responsibility from 16-years old to 18-years old will also allow thousands of convicts to seal up their criminal records. New York attorney Rick Collins told syracuse.com that anyone who has stayed out of legal trouble for 10 years can seal up to two prior […]

Rick Collins featured in Syracuse Post Standard: NY state will soon allow ‘thousands’ with past crime convictions to seal records

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York attorney Rick Collins said he understands why advocates might be hailing the state’s new law raising the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18. But he said a major change to the criminal justice system has largely flown under the radar. At the same time lawmakers raised the age, they gave […]

Rick Collins’ Latest Huffington Post Blog Addresses Mark Wahlberg Pardon Request and the Issue of Criminal Record Sealing in New York

Over the past few weeks, media outlets throughout the country have been discussing the recent news of Mark Wahlberg’s request for a pardon for crimes committed back when he was a teenager in the late 1980s. Rick Collins, a long-time advocate for reformed ex-offenders seeking second chances, has added his voice, and insight, to the […]

CGMB Attends Caucus Meetings in Albany on Conviction Sealing Issue

Again this week, lawyers fromCollins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC (CGMB) traveled to the New York State Capital to discuss issues of criminal record sealing and proposed “Second Chances” legislation.  The occasion was not for lobbying purposes and was unrelated to the sealing efforts of the New York State Bar Association.  Rather, it was a […]

Rick Collins Featured In May/June Issue Of State Bar News

Rick Gives Update on Work and Progress of Criminal Justice Section Sealing Committee The May/June issue of the New York State Bar Association’s State Bar News features an article written by CMG’s Rick Collins, highlighting the work of the Criminal Justice Section and an update on record sealing/expungement in New York State.  Noting that the […]

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