Chautauqua County’s Clerk Remains Against State’s ‘Green Light Law’

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MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County’s Clerk says the implementation of New York’s ‘Green Light Law’ was rushed and puts the public at risk.

Clerk Larry Barmore, in an interview with WNYNewsNow Monday morning, said last week clerks from around the state were told they are mandated to implement the new law that aims to give unauthorized immigrants a driver’s license.

Barmore has been an outspoken opponent to the law since it first passed in Albany.

He says he can not force his employee to violate the law, but, encourages them to not issue the licenses.

“I don’t want anyone but the office supervisor handling any of these green light applications,” explained Barmore. “I informed all of my supervisors that I prefer that they do not issue these license, but I have union employees, and I can’t order them to break the law.”

Under the law, license applicants without a valid Social Security number will be able to submit multiple alternative forms of ID that include valid passports issued in other countries.

In total, twenty-nine County Clerks in New York State have called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to halt implementation.

Barmore says last week the state provided DMVs with a device to verify identifications. The clerk says he tried to verify his own New York State License with the device, and was unsuccessful in verifying its authenticity.


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