QBP RICHARDS ON COURT RULING STRIKING DOWN NONCITIZEN MUNICIPAL VOTING LAW
(June 27, 2022 at 5:15pm)
QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. stated the following in response to today’s ruling by New York State Supreme Court Justice Ralph Porzio of Staten Island striking down New York City’s recently passed law to afford noncitizens the ability to vote in municipal elections, beginning next year.
“Well over 1 million Queens residents were born somewhere other than the United States, but many of these hard-working taxpayers have been senselessly barred from having a say in who represents them in city government. Today’s ruling is yet another attempt to further disenfranchise our immigrant neighbors and erase years of tireless advocacy to ensure our government is fully representative of the people it serves,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “Our city is a stronger, fairer place when our immigrant communities are brought into the political process, allowing our diverse neighborhoods to fully exercise their power. I fully support any appeal of this ruling to a higher court.”
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