The arrest may possibly show up on a background check. However, violations are automatically sealed under New York State law. Additionally, if one completes a diversionary program following a criminal conviction (misdemeanor), then the crime is eligible for “conditional sealing” which means you, or your attorney, would need to apply for it to the court which sentenced you.
Also, under New York State Executive Law 296(16), an employer in Buffalo (or anywhere else in New York State) may not refuse to hire otherwise discriminate on the basis of an arrest that led to a favorable disposition. A reduction to a violation qualifies as a favorable disposition. There are also additional protections under New York State’s Corrections Law.
Clearly, the law is quite complicated. Please be advised, this is not legal advice. For a free consultation,