New Laws Taking Effect – October 2017

Please find below a chart provided by the New York State Assembly of laws passed this past year that are going into effect this month.  Each bill below I supported and they touch on different areas of interest – criminal justice, recycling, seniors and vulnerable citizens rights and an effort to expand CPR training.

Today is the first day of the implementation of the Raise the Age effort we passed this past year.  The new provision allows eligible individuals to petition the court to seal up to two misdemeanor convictions; one misdemeanor and one felony conviction; or one felony conviction. To be eligible, an individual must have no convictions on their record for at least 10 years and have no charges pending. Individuals who were incarcerated may not apply until a decade following their release date. Excluded from sealing are convictions for sex crimes or any offense requiring registration as a sex offender; child pornography; murder, manslaughter and other homicide charges; certain conspiracy charges; and any crime defined by law as a Class A or violent felony.

The seal applies to all public court records and those maintained by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. The repository for New York’s criminal history records; law enforcement records are excluded. Once sealed, convictions can only be provided under certain circumstances, including to state or federal law enforcement acting within the scope of their duties including for hiring purposes; and pistol permit licensing officials. Individuals and their attorneys also will have access to the information. Additional information is available here.

This provision was one I supported as I do believe individuals do make mistakes in life however that does not make them a criminal for life. I am hopeful this will lead to further opportunity for members of our community to live a productive and more meaningful life.  Removing a barrier to attaining active employment is a critical tool.

For further details on this bill and more please see the chart below:


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