Rensselaer County Clerk Frank J. Merola and Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin have announced that they are taking steps for the County to file a lawsuit to obtain a declaration that the recently enacted Green Light bill, which will allow illegal aliens to obtain NYS Driver’s licenses, is itself likewise illegal.

“The Governor and State legislature are not listening to the people; perhaps they may listen to the courts,” Mr. Merola said, “New York residents have stated loudly and clearly that they are opposed to driver’s license for illegal aliens and all we get from the NYC liberals are lectures and banalities about how good this law will be.  I am pleased to join my friend and partner in government County Executive McLaughlin in pursuing legal relief to prevent this travesty of a law from being implemented.”

“We are proud to pursue legal relief on behalf of the hard working residents of Rensselaer County and encourage other counties to join us in blocking this law.”  County Executive McLaughlin said, “This legal action is a necessary response to Albany’s out of control contempt for any semblance of governance.  Albany is back to its old tricks of pushing legislation through in the eleventh hour to appease a vocal minority without considering the impact on county government operations and our taxpayers.”

The Green light bill takes effect December 16, 2019 and would allow illegal aliens to obtain driver’s license with potentially unverifiable documents.  Legitimate concerns about this law include illegals registering to vote, forcing DMV employees and County Clerks to become immigration authorities which is under federal, not state, purview and compromising elected officials oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Mr. Merola and Mr. McLaughlin are in contact with other counties about joining in the lawsuit.  “We will certainly welcome other County Clerks who feel the way we do to talk to their counties about joining with us in this effort.  I have always said that Rensselaer County will not issue any license to those unable to prove they are in this country legally and I have not changed from my position” Mr. Merola said.

“This action on behalf of the residents of Rensselaer County is a necessary step in the face of this ill-conceived law.  We encourage local leaders across the state to join with us in this endeavor to protect the Constitutional rights of every citizen.,” County Executive McLaughlin concluded.