By MAYSOON KHAN
Associated Press/Report for America
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers who’ve committed crimes in the past will get their criminal records automatically sealed if they stay out of trouble for a certain period of time under a long-awaited bill signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday. It will automatically seal most criminal records three years after serving time or parole for a misdemeanor and eight years for felony convictions. Sex crimes and most Class A felonies, such as kidnapping, will not be eligible for sealing. New York now joins a handful of other states including California and Michigan, which have passed similar measures in recent years.