NEW YORK – New York State Assemblyman Michael Tannousis (R, C-Staten Island/Brooklyn) released the following statement on November 16:
“The pro-crime agenda of our state government continues as Gov. Hochul signed the Clean Slate Act into law today. Thanks to the policies coming out of Albany, New Yorkers are becoming less and less safe. The Clean Slate Act is simply an attempt to deceive the public, landlords and employers. There are already procedures in place to seal a defendant’s criminal record by making an application to a judge who reviews the application and the defendant’s history. This procedure is conducted on a case-by-case basis that ensures the right person is given the benefit of the sealing.
“This measure, which is a blanket law, would do away with the judicial discretion currently required in this application procedure by automatically expunging an individual’s criminal record after three years for misdemeanors and five years for felonies. This law puts the interests of offenders above the rights and welfare of the people who have suffered harm. It will seal criminal records while ignoring the effects on victims and the general public.”