‘Green Light’ bills could be facing a dead end in Albany

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A series of measures pending in Albany that would allow undocumented aliens to get driver’s licenses seems to be taking an unexpected turn. 

Initially New York’s “Green Light” legislation was promoted as a way for state Democrats’ to express their support for immigration reform, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo labeled the Green Light package a top priority.

Cuomo believed the legislation would make streets safer, licenses would also require car insurance, and it would help a growing number of undocumented aliens pursue employment.

Republicans objected, and now a growing number of Democrats are ready to jump ship.

After closer examination of the Green Light legislation, law enforcement, local politicians, and New York’s county clerks association say Green Light, in its present form, is a bad idea and needs more work.

Town of Hamburg Police Chief Greg Wickett is the head of the Erie County Association of Chiefs of Police, and was joined by State Senator Chris Jacobs and Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard in criticizing Green Light.

“We are a country of laws and you have to obey the law, and to give someone who is breaking the law a driver’s license just does not make sense to us.”

News 4 informally polled the Buffalo area’s Albany delegation of state lawmakers and found Republicans have been unanimous in their opposition against Green Light, both in the Assemly  and the State Senate.

Of the Buffalo area Democrats, only two are on the record in favor of the legislation, Sen. Tim Kennedy, and Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples Stokes. Neither of the two lawmakers were available for an on camera interview.

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