“We are glad to see that Gov. Cuomo ultimately did the right thing by quickly signing the Green Light NY bill into law,” said Steve Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition. "Our New York State electeds have sent a message — that while Donald Trump and his cronies look to scapegoat immigrants, the Empire State will protect them. We’ve done that with by restoring driver’s licenses to 250,000 New Yorkers, and we’re just getting started.”
“By passing this needed legislation, we are growing our economy while at the same time making our roads safer," Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) said. "This is the right step forward for New York State as we continue to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform on the federal level.”
Overcoming the governor’s qualms, Republican opposition and the reservations of moderate members concerned about the policy’s unpopularity in upstate and suburban districts, Senate Democrats approved the bill with 33 votes.
“Today’s vote shows that we as New Yorkers are committed to the dignity and safety of all our community members, especially the most marginalized among us,” said bill sponsor Sen. Luis Sepulveda (D-Bronx). “We are taking a stand for the rights of immigrants in the time when their livelihoods are being threatened and degraded to extreme degrees.”