Green Light Law

Board of Elections
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WBEN Newsroom
January 03, 2020 - 4:13 pm
BUFFALO (WBEN) - On Friday afternoon, Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns met with Board of Elections Commissioners Ralph Mohr and Jeremy Zellner to discuss his concerns about the possibility of the Green Light Law making it possible for illegal immigrants to vote. As Kearns says he was directed to not...
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Green Light New York
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Tom Puckett
January 03, 2020 - 4:00 am
Buffalo, NY (WBEN/AP) Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns has been fighting the Green Light Law ever since it passed in New York. Now, it appears Kearns is getting company from Washington. The acting secretary of Homeland Security is taking aim at new laws in New York, New Jersey and other states that...
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Erie County Auto Bureau in Tonawanda. July 5, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
December 16, 2019 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Despite all the challenges about its legality, the state's controversial Green Light Law will go into effect on Monday, meaning any New Yorker age 16 and older can apply for a standard driver's license or learner permit, regardless of their citizenship or lawful status in the...
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Green Light Law
A protester holds a sign as members of the state Assembly speak in favor of legislation of the Green Light Bill/AP Photo
WBEN Newsroom
December 14, 2019 - 8:28 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — A law that will allow New Yorkers to get driver’s licenses without having to prove they are in the country legally weathered a second court challenge Friday, days before its enactment. A federal district judge ruled against Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola, saying he...
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State Senator Rob Ortt joined by multiple clerks in Western New York to push back against Green Light Law. December 13, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
State Senator Rob Ortt joined by multiple clerks in Western New York to push back against Green Light Law. December 13, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
December 13, 2019 - 1:24 pm
NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WBEN) - Six local clerks and State Senator Rob Ortt are continuing to push back against the controversial Green Light Law that takes effect on Monday. The law that passed in June will allow anyone in the country the ability to receive a driver's license, regardless of their...
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Erie County Auto Bureau. July 25, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
December 13, 2019 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The Green Light Law will take effect beginning on Saturday despite efforts to curb the law by clerks across New York State. Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns has been arguably the most vocal opponent of the law that would allow undocumented immigrants the ability to receive a...
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Mike Baggerman
November 18, 2019 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - New York State's controversial Green Light Law will take effect on December 14 but the battle to stop the law from taking effect continues. Niagara County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski is the latest public official to enter the battle to stop the law. He and the two election...
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Mickey Kearns speaks to county lawmakers over concerns of Green Light Law. November 13, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
November 13, 2019 - 1:43 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Staffing interpreters within the Erie County Clerk's Office is the latest concern that Mickey Kearns has about the state's controversial Green Light Law. The clerk estimated that it would cost his office $667,550 at a rate of $50 per hour for the interpreters for all the...
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Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns during a Friday press conference/Photo WBEN Tim Wenger
Tom Puckett
November 08, 2019 - 2:17 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - A federal judge has dismissed one of several lawsuits challenging a New York law set to allow immigrants without legal documents to seek driver's licenses. U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Wolford dismissed Friday a lawsuit brought by Republican Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns...
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Erie County Auto Bureau in Tonawanda. July 5, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
October 24, 2019 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - County attorneys representing Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns and attorneys from the New York State Attorney General's Office are playing the waiting game when it comes to a decision on whether or not New York's Green Light Law will take effect. A judge on Wednesday did not...
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