11/14/19 Update: The Erie County Clerk has filed an appeal.
U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Wolford granted a motion by the Office of the New York Attorney General on November 8 to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Erie County Clerk Michael (Mickey) Kearns to block the Green Light law from taking effect, a law that enables illegal immigrants to obtain New York State driver’s licenses.
After the ruling, New York Attorney General Letitia James released the following statement:
“Today’s decision reinforces our position all along — the Green Light law is legal and enforceable. The law aims to make our roads safer, our economy stronger, and allows immigrants to come out of the shadows to sign up as legal drivers in our state. That’s why the claims made in this lawsuit not only disregarded these simple truths, but were misinformed and disregarded the privacy rights of New Yorkers. As the state’s attorney and chief law enforcement officer, I am proud to have vigorously defended this law and will continue to do so against all who oppose it. I, and New Yorkers across this state, thank the court for their time and judicious decision.”
However, Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola, also has a lawsuit to block the Green Light law that has yet to be ruled on.