Mayor Eric Adams has said he has no plans to veto controversial municipal immigrant voting rights legislation that was passed by city council last month.
However, at an independent press conference on Tuesday, Jan.4, Adams said he was awaiting an analysis from his legal team on the one aspect of the legislation that would allow more than 808,000 New Yorkers card holders. green or work permit the right to vote after living in the five districts for 30 days.
“I never said I was going to veto the bill; I was asked what my opinion and thoughts are on the bill and I made it clear that I support the bill but I was concerned about the 30 day portion of it, ”said Adams. “I am not open or closed to anything.”
Regardless of the mayor’s ruling on the matter, Queens Community House (QCH) continues to advocate for legislation that would give non-citizens the right to vote in local elections.
QCH, one of the borough’s largest social service organizations, joined elected officials, the New York Immigration Coalition, United Neighborhood Houses and the Our City, Our Vote Coalition on the steps of City Hall to celebrate the historic 33 to 14 vote.
“With the passage of this bill, New York is setting an example of inclusion and progress for other cities and communities across the country and around the world,” said Julieta Larsen, engagement coordinator community of QCH. “It will affect at least a quarter of a million people just in the Queens communities we serve.”
New York City would be the first in the country to allow non-citizens to vote in municipal elections. Adams would sign the Intro 1867 as law.
“QCH has been actively involved in this campaign for 13 years,” said QCH Managing Director Ben Thomases. “Many of our neighbors in the communities we serve have been unable to vote on policies affecting their daily lives despite their contribution to the city’s economic, cultural and social expansion. Intro 1867 supports giving a voice to immigrants in Queens and the rest of New York City. “
QCH outreach worker Alma Reyes has been an advocate for the Our City, Our Voice bill for years through community outreach and organization.
“As someone who waited 29 years before they could finally vote last November after becoming a citizen, I know what it’s like to be deprived of the right to vote while contributing with taxes and supporting the city economy, ”Reyes said. “Intro 1867 will give many immigrants to the neighborhoods we serve a say in local government.”