With just weeks to go until New York lawmakers finalize the FY23 state budget, members of the Clean Slate NY coalition were joined by elected officials calling on the state legislature to pass the Clean Slate Act, as is, in the state budget.

At a rally held this week, speakers, which included the bill’s sponsor State Senator Zellnor Myrie, Assembly Members Latrice Walker and David Weprin, and Councilmember Rita Joseph, emphasized that justice must not be delayed any longer for the 2.3 million New Yorkers shackled by their convictions.

The Clean Slate Act, which already had overwhelming public support from a broad coalition of labor unions, business leaders, and faith leaders, received support from both Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams in recent weeks.

The bill would end the perpetual punishment of New Yorkers with a conviction record by establishing an automatic process for sealing most conviction records after the requirements of the criminal legal system have been met. Millions of New Yorkers are kept from accessing life essentials like employment and housing due to their conviction records.

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