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Giving Persons Who Have Paid Their Debt to Society a Fair Chance: County Executive George Latimer left and County Legislator Catherine Borgia announcing end to the “ever arrested? Convicted of a Crime?” Question on Westchester County job applications this afternoon in Ossining at Hudson Link Headquarters.
WPCNR County Clarion-Ledger. April 9, 2018:
County Executive George Latimer signed an Executive Order today prohibiting the county from inquiring about past convictions when filling out an application to work for the county.
Latimer said the Executive Order does not prohibit background checks or fingerprint checks being performed following applications for employment being received and in the interview process– especially for applicants working with children, seniors and vulnerable populations.
You can see WPCNR video of Mr. Latimer’s reasons for signing the Executive Order, and Sean Pica Executive Director of Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison at this link:
Catherine Borgia, the County Legislator told WPCNR she would introduce a bill next week to remove the “arrested? Convicted of a crime?” question that would prohibit the question from all employment applications in the private sector across the county.
Mr. Pica told WPCNR his organization Hudson Link has 780 persons who have served prison terms currently available for employment in the county and the metropolitan area, many of whom with college and graduate degrees, (earned in prison),who are eager to work and work hard. Pica reports his organization gets 100 new clients each year completing their prison sentences whom they take under their wing, follow up with them and attempt to place.
His organization, Hudson Link may be contacted by organizations and businesses wishing motivated, serious applicants. He may be reached directly at (914) 941-0794 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.