Sen O’Mara, Assemblywoman Byrnes: We Need To Stop The Green Light Law From Even Starting

February 25, 2020

ALBANY, NY – State Senator Tom O’Mara is working to prevent the Green Light Law, from going into effect. “We need to put a stop to a law that is endangering the safety and security of this state and our nation. Governor Cuomo and the one-party, Democrat-controlled Legislature are telling federal law enforcement officers working in the best interests of national security to get lost. That’s dangerous, it’s radical, it’s irresponsible, and it needs to stop. Law and order matters,” said O’Mara, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Yesterday, there was a briefing by officials from Homeland Security and ICE, about the problems and dangers with the Green Light Law. Today, Senate Republicans plan to try to force the full Senate to vote on a repeal amendment during this afternoon’s legislative session.

The law has recently come under fire for a provision that prohibits the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles from sharing information with any agency that enforces immigration law, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This has forced the federal government to discontinue the eligibility of New Yorkers to enroll in various trusted traveler programs that facilitate border entry for frequent international travelers.

Congressman Tom Reed, Assemblywoman Majorie Byrnes, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, were also at the briefing yesterday. “It was eye opening to hear from the boots on the ground, how this new law (will) affect them,” Byrnes told Wlea News in a telephone call this morning she made to Wlea.