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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 […]

Warriors for a Cause Presents “Night on The Town” Fundraiser to Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LlS) on April 6th

Rick Collins, a Member of the Warriors for a Cause, Joined by CGMB to Support Fundraiser Raising Money in the Fight Against Blood Cancers On April 6th, the philanthropic organization “Warriors for a Cause” will once again be presenting “A Night on the Town” — one of Long Island’s biggest and most unique annual fundraisers. […]

Rick Collins, Marc Gann and the Hon. Bob McDonald Once Again to Serve as Distinguished Faculty at NYSBA Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy

For the 8th Consecutive Year, Original Firm’s Founding Partners Join with NY’s Leading Litigators, Advocates and Judges for Program at Cornell Law School The Founding Partners of the original firm of Collins, McDonald & Gann will once again be brought together as they serve as Distinguished Faculty at the upcoming New York State Bar Association […]

Blog Addresses Staffing/Temp Worker Placement and Prior Criminal Convictions

Staffing Company Provides Insight for Employers on Benefits of Being “Felon Friendly” An Illinois-based human resource organization is encouraging employers to consider the benefits of being “felon-friendly” in filling their staffing needs – and has published a blog providing an overview of why employers should consider hiring those with a prior conviction. In the blog, […]

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 […]

Missouri Expands Criminal Record Expungement While New York Lags Behind

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recently signed into law a vast expansion of the state’s expungement law, making more people eligible to have their criminal records sealed when the law takes effect in 2018. Under the current law in Missouri, only certain convictions related to financial or property damage crimes were eligible for expungement, with a […]

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 […]

Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry Partners Named to 2016 Lists of New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Rick Collins, Marc Gann Named to this Year’s List of “NY Metro Super Lawyers” and Gerard McCloskey, David Barry Named to List of “Rising Stars” Rick Collins and Marc Gann, founding partners at the Mineola, Long Island law firm of Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC, have each been named New York Metro Super Lawyers […]


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