Mickey Kearns

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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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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. 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
December 02, 2019 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - A program inside the Erie County Clerk's office that began earlier this year has goals of helping senior citizens maneuver through the complexities of any visit to a local DMV. "Clerk on the Go", a program which began in February, also helps members of the local refugee...
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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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Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns and Assistant Erie County Attorney Ken Kirby after oral arguments in the Green Light Law case. October 23, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
October 23, 2019 - 2:38 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - A federal judge will make a decision on New York's Green Light Law sometime in mid-November after hearing arguments from attorneys representing Erie County and an attorney from the attorney general's office. The Green Light Law, which allows undocumented immigrants the...
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Robert H. Jackson Federal Courthouse in Buffalo. June 11, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
October 22, 2019 - 9:00 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Wednesday marks the first day that New York's controversial Green Light Law will be challenged in a federal courtroom. The law would allow undocumented immigrants the ability to receive a driver's license in New York State. Advocates of the law argue that people in the...
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Neil McManus
October 06, 2019 - 3:37 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Erie County Clerk, Michael Kearns says he welcomes input from the Department of Justice in the lawsuit that he has filed against New York State's Green Light Law . Numerous county clerks have requested that the DOJ weigh in on the case brought by Kearns against the recent law...
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