Cuomo grants clemency to 21 folks on Christmas Eve

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo granted clemency to 21 folks on Christmas Eve, supporting quite a few of them with immigration troubles continue to be in the United States.

The folks who ended up granted clemency had shown remorse, rehabilitation and determination to their communities, Cuomo stated.

“Those obtaining pardons have, for yrs, shown they are strong working users of their neighborhood and deserving of a clear slate that will enable them to escape the stigma of a extensive-in the past conviction,” he claimed. “People getting sentence commutations have been through a productive rehabilitation, demonstrated real regret their actions and proven by themselves to be worthy of a possibility to re-enter society.”

Just one of the pardoned gals, 43-calendar year-old Kaydian McKenzie, is a nurse, officials said. She’s worked at a nursing residence by way of the pandemic. The pardon will enable the mother of a few, who’s been criminal offense cost-free for 18 decades, keep in the United States with her spouse and children.

She’s not the only one particular whose immigration position could be impacted a lot of of the other New Yorkers who had been pardoned have been at risk of deportation.

Rosario Pena, 61, was pressured to dedicate petit larceny and theft by sexual intercourse traffickers decades ago. She’s lived in the US for far more than 50 several years and the previous 34 have been crime free. She escaped her traffickers in 1986, according to the Legal Assist Culture.

Pena has lived in New York Metropolis because she was a baby, Lawful Aid Modern society lawyer Ted Hausman claimed.

“Rosario Pena’s convictions have been the direct final result of her obtaining been a victim of human trafficking, and no one is more deserving of relief than she is,” Hausman mentioned.

Other pardoned folks are:

  • Alejandro Padilla, 57
  • Rosa Sosa Vega, 59
  • Harrison Redd, 67
  • Salvador Sabino Jimenez, 63
  • Natasha Joseph, 34
  • Victor Medina, 53
  • Edouard Connor, 52
  • Zouhair Mouflih, 43
  • Jolanta Wisniewska, 58
  • Rafael Hernandez, 50
  • Thomas Cabrera, 52
  • Rosemarie Robinson, 54

Cuomo also commuted sentences for Maria Ordonez, 26 Theresa Debo, 64 Arnold Raimondo, 70 Clifton Williamson, 43 Jacinto Cedeno, 55 Gus Bethea, 38 and Joseph Norman, 60.