LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES

I proposed the following legislation. In order to make a difference in our community, we must enact policies that will make a positive influence.

In order to make a difference in our community, we must enact policies that will make a positive influence. Below you will find some information on legislation I have proposed...

Albany County Fair Chance Act

A LOCAL LAW OF THE COUNTY OF ALBANY, NEW YORK PROHIBITING ALBANY COUNTY GOVERNMENT FROM DISCRIMINATING AGAINST POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES BASED ON THEIR CRIMINAL ARREST RECORD OR CONVICTION

Local Law 1 of 2017 "Bans the Box" for all jobs with Albany County

Status: Passed on February 13, 2017 (32 Yes, 3 No). Signed by County Executive.

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The legislation bans inquiries about criminal history until after a conditional offer of employment is made. If a criminal history is discovered after the conditional offer of employment is made and the county rescinds the offer, this legislation guarantees the applicant the right to appeal the decision.

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People who commit crimes often carry a criminal history with them their entire lives and are not able to find employment because of the "box" on job applications. I'm proud that Albany County is leading by example by ensuring that someone who made a mistake earlier in his or her life gets the opportunity for a second chance.