NYS is one of the few states that does not offer one a way to seal their old crimnal convcition. I am a reentry advocate in NYS. Coming in January NYS will have for the first time a democratic senate. There is reason for hope that a sealing bill will come out. Expungement is a misnomer. Expungement means destroying all records. This does not occur. Sealing means the records are still there but can't be viewed by anyone, and you can honestly hold your head high when applying for employment, and saying NO to the question that asks if you have been ever convicted of a crime.
With that said in NYS we are not there yet. Please Please all of you that read this please call Senator John Sampson ATT Tim legal Counsel, and tell him you support a sealing bill. He is drafting one for january of 2009. Tele# 518-455-2788. Also call Assemblyman Aubry's Counsel Dan at 518-455-4561. Lets get it done for 2009, and it would take effect for 2010. You need to call. NYS can have such a bill