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Category Archives: NY Sealing Law

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 […]

Finally! New Criminal Record Sealing Law in New York

The New York Legislature has passed and Governor Cuomo has signed into law a new section of the Criminal Procedure Law, § 160.59, allowing for the sealing of certain convictions. This change will benefit tens of thousands of deserving New Yorkers who are seeking to seal their criminal convictions and truly gain a fresh start […]

“Jails to Jobs” Program to Offer Guaranteed 2 Month Employment for Inmates Who Leave NY Jails After Serving Their Sentence

New City-Funded Initiative Will Provide “Transitional Employment” to Ex-Offenders Through Program Launching by the End of the Year Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a new city-funded initiative that will guarantee short-term minimum wage jobs to inmates leaving prison. Through the “Jails to Jobs” program, which is expected to launch by the end of the […]

Rick Collins, Marc Gann and David Torreblanca Attend the 140th NY State Bar Association Annual Meeting in New York City

CGMB lawyers Rick Collins, Marc Gann and David Torreblanca attended the 140th Annual Meeting of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) last week, joining with more than 5,000 members from around the state and beyond. Held at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City, Rick, Marc and David participated in key section and […]

Marijuana and Conditional Criminal Record Sealing in New York

As the year comes to a close and with November’s election behind us, it’s time to check in on where things stand with the push to legalize marijuana in various states across the country. Ballot initiatives seeking to legalize the recreational use of marijuana were decided on by voters in five states, with the initiatives […]

New Jersey Moves Forward in Further Easing Path for Expungement of Criminal Records, While Status of Criminal Record Sealing in New York Remains at a Standstill

While we continue to wait for action surrounding the sealing of criminal records in New York, this month the State of New Jersey made further advances in helping ex-offenders move forward with their lives.  NJ Governor Chris Christie has just signed Bill A206 into law — significantly reducing the time that some ex-offenders have to […]

Criminal Record Sealing And “Second Chances”

Release of New Report and Editorial in The New York Times Brings Attention to the Importance of Second Chances for Ex-Offenders The importance of “second chances” for deserving ex-offenders continues to be a topic of great interest and much discussion – and this past week, the issue was once again brought to light for millions […]

New York Sealing Bill Update: No Action on Senate Bill 5385-2013

It could be your niece or nephew.  Or even your son or daughter.  It might even have been you, many years ago.  Good people make dumb mistakes, especially when they’re young.  Maybe a neighbor’s mailbox is intentionally damaged.  Maybe an item is stolen from a high-end department store.  Maybe a small quantity of marijuana is […]

SEALING CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS UPDATE: As New York Senate Bill 5385-2013 Moves Forward, Criminal Record Sealing Gains Momentum

For the vast majority of New Yorkers with criminal convictions, the record is a permanent stain.  No matter how many years go by, the record forever remains.  No amount of good deeds can change it.  Currently, New York has no expungement or sealing law applicable to adults who are convicted of felonies or even misdemeanors […]

The First Step to a Second Chance: Criminal Record Sealing in New York Takes a Historic Move Forward …and Our Work to Change State Law, and Change the Lives of Ex-Offenders, Continues

There’s promising news for many reformed ex-offenders deserving of a second chance and a “fresh start” when it comes to the sealing of their criminal records.  On Friday, January 27th, the New York State Bar Association’s House of Delegates nearly unanimously backed a proposed change in state law that would allow judges to seal the […]


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