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Republicans to try to block implementation of controversial New York bill

A law that will allow nearly one million permanent residents who are not New Yorkers to vote in municipal elections has been challenged by the state’s Republican Party, which is suing to declare the law unconstitutional.

New York Republican President Nick Langworthy and Staten Island Borough President Vito Fossella have led the group of Republican city lawmakers seeking to block new law granting the right to vote to non-New Yorkers. -citizens who have lived in the city for more than 30 days and have green cards or certain types of visa. They filed a lawsuit in Staten Island State Court on Monday, in an attempt to block enforcement of the law, which they say is unconstitutional.

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The law is clear and the ethics are even clearer: we shouldn’t allow citizens of other nations to vote in our elections, period.“said Langworthy, promising to”use all the legal tools in our arsenal to block this unconstitutional and anti-American law.“He accused incoming mayor Eric Adams of”bow down to the radical city council“by advancing their”ultimate goal of eradicating all lines between citizens and non-citizens. “

Fossella also denounced the measure, claiming that it “belittles what it means to be a citizen and is an insult to any immigrant who has followed the law, taken citizenship courses and taken an oath to our nation. “Several naturalized New York immigrant citizens are participating in the trial, including city councilor Inna Vernikov.

More than 800,000 non-citizen permanent residents will be allowed to vote in municipal elections under the controversial new law that Adams authorized to pass earlier this month. The new mayor has stepped down to let the measure become law after city council approved it, opening the door to voting for “dreamers” and permanent residents with green cards and certain types of visas. However, the law does not allow voting for these groups in federal or state elections.

In addition to a permanent injunction blocking application of the law, the lawsuit seeks to have it declared unconstitutional and in violation of New York State law.

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