Green Light Law

George Borrello, Tom Reed, Rob Ortt
NYS Senator George Borrello, Rep. Tom Reed, NYS Senator Rob Ortt/WBEN Photo
WBEN Newsroom
July 09, 2020 - 2:05 pm
Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - With the Buffalo lighthouse and the shoreline of Lake Erie at their backs, a contingent of Republican lawmakers joined forces Thursday in calling for the repeal of the Green Light law in New York State. Among the provisions of the controversial law, it prohibits the...
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Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns at the Erie County Auto Bureau at 170 Pearl Street on March 28, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Tom Puckett
March 09, 2020 - 5:00 am
Kearns says day to day operations have been busier since Green Light Law took effect.
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Peace Bridge Plaza (American side). October 17, 2018. (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
February 25, 2020 - 3:00 am
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.
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Erie County Auto Bureau. July 25, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
February 21, 2020 - 2:01 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Governor Andrew Cuomo said he is open to giving DMV data to the federal government as the ongoing issue between the state and feds continue over the Green Light Law.
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International border crossing
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The Trump Admionistration is blocking New York State from allowing residents to enroll in Trusted Traveler Programs, like NEXUS, in direct response to the Green Light Law in New York State.
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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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