A General Guide to Disputing Your Public Record In New York

A General Guide to Disputing Your Public Record In New York

We live in a time where so much information is available online. This can be both a positive and a negative depending on the situation. For example, if you need helpful resources to help guide your research or to find a solution, then online information can be an asset. However, with personal information being inputted online, it can fall into the wrong hands. This just ends up being a huge headache when trying to get things removed. Today, instead of talking about the negatives, let’s explore how the Internet can be used to access your private records and remove any inconsistent information.

First, you need to be aware that some information by law will be online to protect everyone interacting with each other. For example, imagine you’re renting a home to someone and need to make sure they’ll pay on time, you can access this information easily. If you are doing business with a company and want to ensure they are registered, you’ll be able to do a quick search online and find all the information you need. Some other information available by law are tax liens, registered voter files, business licenses, and property tax assessor files.


Now you’re ready to dispute something on your file, so follow these steps:

Visit the County Clerk Office

Head over to your county clerk’s office to find out what forms should be filled out, where to obtain them, and what exactly is on your record. You’ll learn how some information can be found online. I would recommend the county clerk’s office, as this is the correct way of disputing a public record. For example, the process to dispute a criminal record might be different than that of disputing a tax lien or bankruptcy decision.


Just to be on the correct side of disputes, I always recommend visiting your county clerk to pick their brains about how to correctly file a dispute.

Online Background Check

There are many services which will streamline the entire process so you know exactly what government office you should visit afterward. There is a slight fee involved, however, the headache of having to do research on your own is not worth it so I would suggest visiting online background check sites. You’ll learn what’s on your record and then can do a quick search to find out how the record can be removed. If you have a criminal record, then you know to visit the state’s division of criminal justice. For a civil lien and small claims record, you’ll need to visit the courthouse in the state where the lien judgment was received.


If you are trying to locate the proper forms for a dispute, then here is a great site that provides you with a complete listing of resources for New York public records.

Waiting Period

Once you’ve filed the proper paperwork, you have a waiting period involved. It’s hard to say how long this period will take since it really depends on the proper department that is confirming all your information. Not only that, some public records will have a waiting period before they can be removed. In New York, this process is called clemency, and the waiting period will depend on the conviction or type of dispute[1] you are trying to get removed.


At this point, I would just recommend you move forward with your life because you cannot control the rate at which any dispute form will be approved. It’s up to the department and/or internal agency how long they’ll take to confirm all information submitted.

Final Thoughts

Having disputes removed from your file is a good thing because it helps build your credibility when applying for work, renting a home, or even doing business. Imagine how difficult it would be to apply for a job with a criminal conviction on your file? I have provided resources on how you start the process of disputing your public records, so if this is something you want to do then get started now.

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[1]New York State: Apply for Clemency

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10 Steps For Success: Applying The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind

10 Steps For Success: Applying The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind

How big is the gap between you and your success?

What is the difference between successful people and unsuccessful people?

It is as simple as this: successful people think and talk about what they are creating, and unsuccessful people focus on and talk about what they’re lacking.

So how do you bridge that gap between wanting success and having your success? Let’s make an important distinction. You see, there is a big difference between “Wanting” and “Having” something.

Wanting: means lacking or absent. Deficient in some part, thing or aspect.


Having: means to possess, to hold, to get, to receive, to experience.

You can have one OR the other, but not both at the same time with any particular object of your desire. You either have it or you don’t.

When it comes to your subconscious, if you’re focusing on the “wanting”, i.e. the not having, guess what, you will build stronger neural networks in your brain around the “wanting.” However, through the power of your subconscious mind, you can focus on the “having” as if it has already happened. Research has shown that your brain doesn’t know the difference between what you’re visualizing inside your mind versus what is happening out there in your reality.

This is a regular practice of elite athletes. They spend as much timing creating the internal mental imagery of their success playing out as they do actually physically practicing. This helps create both the neural pathways in their brain and the muscle memory to consistently deliver on that success.

Here are 10 “brain hack” steps for success that you can take to create your version of a happy life. Make these steps a regular habit, and you will be astonished at the results.


Step 1: Decide exactly what you want to create and have

This is usually the biggest problem that people have. They don’t know what they want and then they’re surprised when they don’t get it.

Step 2: Write down your goal clearly in every technicolor detail

A goal that is not written down is merely a wish. When you write it down in full detail, you signal to your subconscious mind that you really want to accomplish this particular goal.

Step 3: Write your goal in simple, present tense words

…that a three year old can understand on a three-by-five index card and carry it with you. Read it each morning after you awake and just before you go to sleep.

Step 4: Backwards planning

See your goal achieved and identify all the steps required that it took to bring it to life. Making a list of all these steps intensifies your desire and deepens your belief that the attainment of the goal is already happening.

Step 5: Resolve to take at least one step every day from one of the items on your list

Do something every day, even if it is just one baby step, that moves you toward your goal so you can maintain your momentum.


Step 6: Visualize your goal repeatedly

See it in your mind’s eye as though it were already a reality. The more clear and vivid your mental picture of your goal, the faster it will come into your life.

Step 7: Feel the feeling of success as if your goal were realized at this very moment

Feel the emotion of happiness, satisfaction, and pleasure that you would have once you have achieved your goal. Visualize and feel this success for at least 20 seconds at a time.

Step 8: “Fake it till you make it!”

Confidently behave as if your subconscious mind was already bringing your goal into reality. Accept that you are moving toward your goal and it is moving toward you.

Step 9: Relax your mind

Take time to breathe, pray or mediate each day. Disengage the stress response and engage the relaxation response. A quiet state of mind allows your brain to access newly formed neural pathways.

Step 10: Release your goal to your subconscious mind

When you turn your goal over to the power of the universe and just get out of the way, you will always know the right actions to take at the right time.


Starting today, try tapping into the incredible power of your subconscious mind.Start with just one goal or idea, and practice it continually until you succeed in achieving that goal. Make it a game and have fun with it! The more lightly you hold it, the easier it will be to achieve. By doing so, you will move from the “positive thinking” of the hopeful person to the “positive knowing” of the totally successful person.

Hit reply and let me know what you’re creating!

To your success!

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