Sen. Griffo responds to meeting between Trump, Cuomo over Green Light law
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 9:26 am

Northern New York Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, released the following statement regarding Thursday’s meeting between President Donald Trump and Gov. Andrew Cuomo:

“Despite the governor and president meeting to discuss the implications of New York State's Green Light law, it appears that no consensus has been reached between the two parties. This comes after the New York State Sheriff’s Association earlier today urged the governor and legislative leaders to end a provision in the law that restricts federal immigration authorities and border agents from accessing state Department of Motor Vehicle records.

“The Green Light law is yet another example of the perils of one party and one region control in state government and was ill conceived from the beginning. The bill, which conflicts with federal law, causes major headaches for county clerks who must authenticate foreign documents, handcuffs law enforcement agencies and was overwhelmingly not supported by New York residents.

“Instead of addressing the real issues affecting our state such as creating economic opportunity, making the state more affordable and stopping the exodus of residents from New York, the majority decided to address the longstanding federal issue of immigration. This cannot be addressed state by state. Unfortunately, as a result of the efforts of the Governor, Senate Majority Leader, Assembly Speaker and their members to circumvent federal law, law-abiding citizens are being inconvenienced.”

Griffo’s 47th Senate District includes Massena, Brasher, Norfolk, Stockholm, Potsdam, Pierrepont, Russell, Clifton, Fine and Pitcairn in St. Lawrence County, and all of Lewis County and his home county of Oneida.