“Today’s signing of the Clean Slate Act into law by the Governor is just the latest slap in the face to the law-abiding citizens of New York State”, said Senator Bill Weber.
Criminal records of individuals convicted of certain crimes, including felonies, will now be automatically sealed after a specific period of time.
“When this bill was being debated, I heard from crime victims, victims’ rights advocates and law enforcement officials about the potential impacts on public safety. Their concerns were dismissed by the radical leftists who now run the state legislature,” Weber added.
These are now sealable offenses in New York:
- Vehicular Homicide (DWI-related crash causing death),
- Vehicular Assault (DWI-related crash causing serious physical injury),
- Gun felonies
- Most Kidnappings (Not Kidnapping in the First Degree because it’s a Class A felony and Not Kidnapping offenses where the victim is less than seventeen and the offender is not a parent because those offenses require registration as a sex offender),
- Assault, including gang assaults and assaults on police officers.
- Attempted Murder in the Second Degree
- Some terrorism offenses, including Making a Terroristic Threat
- Residential burglaries
- Armed Robbery
- Domestic violence felonies
- Threatening or intimidating witnesses
- Hate crimes where the underlying offense is less than a class A felony
- Felony DWI for repeat offenses
- Animal Abuse
- Arson (Not Arson in the First Degree because it’s a class A felony)
“New York continues to go in the wrong direction with pro-criminal legislation that puts our communities and law enforcement in danger,” said Senator Bill Weber.