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County Legislature votes unanimously in favor of State lawsuit challenging Green Light Law

Author: Douglas Hoover/Wednesday, August 7, 2019/Categories: General, Legislature

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LOCKPORT ― The Niagara County Legislature voted unanimously last night in favor of a resolution that will authorize a state lawsuit challenging the “Green Light” law.

The “Green Light” law allows undocumented immigrants access to a state driver’s license while also forbidding cooperation with federal authorities, which the legislature and County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski believe will require DMV officials to violate federal law.

Republican members of the Niagara County Legislature held a press conference before the legislative meeting Tuesday to announce that the county will engage counsel and commence litigation challenging the state’s “Green Light” law. 

Niagara County Legislator Rebecca Wydysh, who is the resolution’s lead sponsor, expounded on her rationale for the decision.

“This decision is to preserve the sanctity of our election process and ultimately our democracy. I believe that Governor Cuomo and his supporters have gone far beyond their rights as state representatives, by failing to properly assess the dangerous impact the Green Light Law will have,” said Wydysh, R-Lewiston. 

Legislature Chairman Keith McNall, raised concerns about the strong likelihood for voter fraud.

“It would be a tragic result to have voter participation diluted by votes cast by non-citizens, and it is for this reason that I am directing Niagara County Attorney Claude Joerg to begin litigation to have the Green Light Law declared unconstitutional,” stated McNall, R-Lockport. 

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