Will Albany re-evaluate Green Light Law and bail reforms?

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul on Siena poll showing less support for controversial measures

Mike Baggerman
February 25, 2020 - 3:00 am

Peace Bridge Plaza (American side). October 17, 2018. (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – Monday’s poll released by Siena College did no favors for the state’s cash bail reform and the Green Light law, two of the most controversial issues that have dominated headlines in recent months.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said the bail reform laws are currently undergoing “tweaks” by Albany lawmakers.

READ MORE: Siena Research shows less support among New Yorkers for controversial bail reforms and Green light Law

Recently, democrats unveiled proposals that could eliminate cash bail entirely but give judges more discretion as to who could be remanded to bail by expanding the crimes that would lead to jail time.

Hochul did not say whether or not lawmakers should re-visit the Green Light Law, the law that grants undocumented immigrants and illegal aliens the right to obtain a driver’s license in New York State. Instead, she said the federal government should not hold the state “hostage” over the law by suspending programs like NEXUS.

“There’s no connection whatsoever between individuals who have a license under the Green light Law and the trusted travelers program,” Hochul said. “Anyone who counters that…first of all the governor has offered two very reasonable accommodations. One is that anyone who applies for the trusted traveler programs, we’ll absolutely open up our DMV database to you and you can get the information you need about those applicants. If you need the entire database, we’ll provide the data to you but we’ll leave off the social security numbers.”

Hochul said the federal government is playing politics and that Western New Yorkers are being hurt by the measure.


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