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Rensselaer County Sues Over Green Light Law

Jul 24, 2019
Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin speaks out against the Green Light Bill in April 2019
Lucas Willard / WAMC

New York state's Green Light law is being taken to court by two elected opponents of the measure, which allows immigrants in the country illegally to apply for a driver's license. The lawsuit was filed in federal court by Republican Renssealer County Executive Steve McLaughlin and the Rensselaer County Clerk, Republican Frank Merola. Merola spoke with WAMC's Brian Shields Wednesday.

It was a busy first session for first-term New York state Senator James Skoufis, who represents the 39th district long held by Republican Bill Larkin. Skoufis, who formerly served in the Assembly, is chair of the Senate’s Investigations Committee and, true to his pledge, was proactive in this role. He recently spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about that and more.

The state capitol in Albany
Dave Lucas / WAMC

The first lawsuit has been filed against New York’s new law to permit undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses, as Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to cast doubt on the effectiveness of the new law.  

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New York’s county clerks are meeting in Syracuse Monday to discuss a new law that requires county departments of motor vehicles to issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. Meanwhile, some county clerks who are opposed to the law are pressing forward on a federal lawsuit. 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signs a bill into law banning single use plastic shopping bags in New York State at a ceremony held on Earth Day, Monday April 22, 2019 at Long Island University.
Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared the legislative session that wrapped up Friday “the most productive in modern history.” WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas garnered reaction from local lawmakers.

The South Pearl Street DMV office in Albany.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Some county clerks in New York say they will defy a new state law authorizing driver's licenses for immigrants who are in the United States illegally.

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's 2020 campaign, which officially kicked off at a Florida rally Tuesday. 

HV Reaction To Green Light Bill Varies

Jun 18, 2019
Courtesy of NYS Senate

The Green Light bill that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed late Monday is getting mixed reaction in New York. The bill allows the state to issue driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status.

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock comments on reports that New York has become the 13th state to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, after Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the so-called "Green Light Bill" Monday night. 

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

Following the Assembly, the New York state Senate voted 33-29 to allow undocumented immigrants to receive standard driver’s licenses. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo raised some last-minute objections, saying he fears that some data that the state Department of Motor Vehicles collects on the immigrants might be accessed by the federal government and immigration officials — but he has since signed the bill. 

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

A controversial bill in the New York state legislature to allow undocumented immigrants to seek a driver’s license is gaining momentum. While Republicans remain opposed to the measure, some upstate Democrats say their concerns are being addressed.

Protesters joined a press conference held by Republican State Senator Daphne Jordan against a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to seek a driver's license
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Republican New York State Senator Daphne Jordan and other Capital Region Republican officials gathered in Troy today to speak out against a pair of bills in the state legislature that would allow undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses.