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Niagara County Clerk Announces Plan for Implementing Green Light Law

Author: Douglas Hoover/Friday, December 13, 2019/Categories: General, Legislature

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LOCKPORT Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski today announced his plan for implementing New York State’s new Green Light Law that will make some individuals who are in the country illegally, eligible for driver’s licenses.

“It is no secret that I am opposed to the Green Light Law. The law and the pending litigation surrounding it puts us as county clerks in the difficult position between obeying this law or following national immigration policy,” said Jastrzemski.  “But since the law goes into effect on Monday, December 16, we have no choice but to comply, or face possible personal litigation.

Jastrzemski said the state had provided very little guidance and only a one-hour webinar for training, so he and his staff have developed their own plan.

“These are not normal DMV transactions,” said Jastrzemski.  “We will be dealing with foreign documents that have to be authorized and verified on a system that has yet to really be tested.  The state has simply left us in the lurch.”

As such, Jastrzemski has decided DMV customers will be best served if all Green Light transactions are processed at the Lockport DMV Office, located at 111 Main Street in Lockport every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The Lockport DMV, located at 111 Main Street will be closed on Monday, December 16, to properly prepare staff and provide them with the opportunity to view the Green Light Law training webinar.  Preparations will also be undertaken to implement and review the action plan.

“Green light transactions are going to take considerably more time,  so we did not want to create any sort of bottleneck for others trying to carry on routine DMV business,” said Jastrzemski.  “Plus, the Deputy in charge of the Lockport Office has 25 years of experience running a DMV office and the staff at that location is most seasoned.”

Jastrzemski added that Lockport is the largest DMV office with the greatest number of staff and the physical layout will allow for dedicated windows to serve customers presenting Green Light Law transactions. 

“We need a controlled environment, with dedicated times and the right staff as we work our way through this implementation,” said Jastrzemski.  “Once we have a better understanding of what to expect, we can adjust this policy as needed.”

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