Poloncarz Opposed to Green Light NY

"there are many significant legal issues that exist with the law"

Tom Puckett
July 10, 2019 - 4:29 pm

Brendan Keany


Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he is opposed to the newly-enacted Green Light NY law that gives illegal immigrants access to driver's licenses.

Poloncarz, in a statement released Wednesday while he skated in the 11 Day Power Play, says he directed the county attorney to file a complaint on behalf of County Clerk Mickey Kearns, who filed a federal lawsuit against Governor Cuomo. 

"I directed such action because there are many significant legal issues that exist with the law, including the question of its constitutionality and the necessity of ensuring non-citizens are prevented from voting. Ultimately I do not believe this law benefits the people of Erie County and I cannot support it. However, in a civilized, democratic society we do not get to selectively pick the laws we want to enforce and ignore those we dislike. As such, if a federal judge determines the bill to be constitutional, I expect all county officials and employees to respect the decision of the court. It is unfortunate that such a divisive issue is being used by some to needlessly split our community apart when there are so many other issues that we can cooperate on locally to move Erie County forward. I will continue to work on those issues that unite us as one community.”

Poloncarz issued the statement while skating in the 11 Day Power Play, but when asked about the statement by WBEN following his shift, the County Executive would only say reporters had the "wrong priorities" for asking about the statement.

The Complaint can be read here

Hear Kearns react to Poloncarz statement with Tom Bauerle on WBEN here:

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