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All Four Partners At Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry Once Again Named To Just-Released List of NY Metro Super Lawyers

Rick Collins, Marc Gann Named to List of 2017 “NY Metro Super Lawyers”; Gerard McCloskey, David Barry Named to 2017 List of “Rising Stars” All four partners at the Mineola-based law firm of Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry have once again been named to the prestigious lists of NY Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. This […]

CGMB Founding Partner Rick Collins to be Installed as Vice President of the Nassau County Bar Association on June 13th

Rick Collins, a Founding Partner at Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry, will be installed as Vice President of the Nassau County Bar Association at a ceremony at the Nassau County Bar Association on June 13th. An active member of the NCBA for more than 25 years, Rick had previously been serving as NCBA Treasurer, and […]

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 […]

Founding Partners Rick Collins and Marc Gann to Attend NYSBA Criminal Justice Section’s Annual Spring Meeting

Founding partners Rick Collins and Marc Gann will be traveling to Seneca Falls, NY, this week to take part in the annual Spring Meeting of the New York State Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section from May 4th – May 6th. Rick and Marc, who are both members of the Criminal Justice Section’s Executive Committee, will […]

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 […]

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 […]


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