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1. For your first inquiry try this link. Here is the law that allows NY citizens access to public records. The second thing to do is to make this request with both the Sheriff's office and the Dept. of Sanitation. Also, get a copy of the eviction file from the court as there should be a court order that authorizes this to happen. In fact, you should get that first before you make the FOIA-freedom of information act request.
2. Since the eviction was issued by a court order, it has now become a public record and will appear on his credit report. Once there, it will stay there for 7 years. Be weary of online websites that claim they can remove these type of evictions. Even if you hire an attorney and payoff the old LL, this will not remove the eviction from the public records database or the credit reports. Sometimes, paying off the old LL will get that LL to call the new LL and put in a good word that says you did come in and take care of your rental obligations.
There may be one other option and that is called expungment. Let me see if NY law allows this.
NY law does not permit an eviction to be expunged. However, if you and the landlord come to terms and he is willing to sign off on what is called a "Stipulation and Order to Vacate Judgment" then you can present that to the court and if the judge signs off on it, the judgment will be retracted from the public records and eventually come off the credit report and rental history.
Here is a sample form for you to use as a go-by.