By Tyson Augustis Poulos (Contact)
To be delivered to: Governor Andrew Cuomo
After my mother died in front of my face at the age of 14 I was left to fend for myself in the streets with no guidance or positive role models. Not surprisingly, by the youthful age of 19 I was charged and subsequently convicted/sentenced as a first time non-violent felony offender for unlawful possession of a controlled substance in the 4th/5th degree and sentenced to 6 years in prison, and a lifetime of state sponsored legal discrimination in virtually every sector of my life (e.g., I can not get a decent/affordable apartment or decent job to feed my family because of this blemish on my record from when I was just a teenager).
I have not been charged with or convicted of a felony crime since, and I am hereby calling on Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature to give me and the hundreds of thousands of other real New Yorkers like me a "second chance" at being a "first class citizen". As the political climates tend to change in Albany every 4 years or so, this may be our only last chance to get this legislation passed AND I NEED YOUR HELP BY SIGNING THIS PETITION AND VOICING YOUR SUPPORT FOR THIS MEASURE!
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