NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo granted clemency to 21 persons on Xmas Eve, supporting many of them with immigration difficulties keep in the United States.

The people today who had been granted clemency experienced demonstrated regret, rehabilitation and determination to their communities, Cuomo claimed.

“People getting pardons have, for many years, demonstrated they are robust working users of their community and deserving of a clean up slate that will make it possible for them to escape the stigma of a lengthy-back conviction,” he mentioned. “Those people receiving sentence commutations have been through a effective rehabilitation, shown correct remorse their actions and proven themselves to be deserving of a chance to re-enter society.”

One particular of the pardoned gals, 43-yr-aged Kaydian McKenzie, is a nurse, officials explained. She’s worked at a nursing home by way of the pandemic. The pardon will assist the mother of a few, who’s been criminal offense totally free for 18 a long time, continue to be in the United States with her family.

She’s not the only 1 whose immigration standing could be impacted numerous of the other New Yorkers who ended up pardoned were at threat of deportation.

Rosario Pena, 61, was forced to dedicate petit larceny and robbery by sexual intercourse traffickers many years back. She’s lived in the US for more than 50 many years and the last 34 have been crime cost-free. She escaped her traffickers in 1986, in accordance to the Legal Support Culture.

Pena has lived in New York City due to the fact she was a boy or girl, Authorized Assist Society lawyer Ted Hausman reported.

“Rosario Pena’s convictions were the immediate outcome of her getting been a sufferer of human trafficking, and no one is more deserving of reduction than she is,” Hausman stated.

Other pardoned people today 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.