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Paterson: No Crack Dealer Left Behind

by on June 4, 2009

It is quite disturbing that Governor Paterson would sign legislation that lets drug offenders’ criminal records remain sealed, protecting them from background checks, which means that these offenders could get hired as school teachers, without the school, or parents, ever knowing. But, what is even more disturbing is that Paterson doesn’t seem to care about that concern.

At the weekly open leaders meeting called by David Paterson, Minority Leader Dean Skelos spent over 15 minutes raging about a proposal that would make it easier to seal the records of some drug offenders, but David Paterson held firm
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“Just so you’re aware, Senator, I can only speak for myself: I signed the bill, I read the bill, and I’m aware of the section of the bill,” Paterson said. “There was no unintended consequence on my part.”

He said that the idea was to allow people fighting drug addictions to get back into the work force in places where a drug offense would be a hindrance. Paterson pointed out that no violent offenders are eligible to have their records sealed.

Republicans object to the provision because it would permit drug offenders to get jobs they previously wouldn’t have been able to get because of background checks, like in schools.

So, this ought to have you asking yourself, if you’d be okay with a former drug offender being in a job, like a teacher, that allows him or her to be in regular contact with your kids? Paterson doesn’t think you have the right to know What if you own a business, don’t you think you have the right to know if the person you are about to hire has such a record?

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