A coaltion of immigrant groups last week celebrated securing veto-proof support for a City Council bill that would expand the right to vote in local elections to immigrant New Yorkers with legal permanent residence status or work authorization.
“As we enter the recovery from the pandemic, the City Council must expand the right to vote in municipal elections to enable more New Yorkers to have a say in how their tax dollars are spent, how stimulus funds are distributed, and how new public policies will impact their families and communities,” said Susan Stamler, executive director of United Neighborhood Houses, during a rally in Corona Plaza.
A recent poll showed that 65 percent of likely Democratic Primary voters support the Our City, Our Vote legislation. Advocates called on the City Council to hold a hearing on the bill so it can be brought to the floor for a vote.
“As a lifelong advocate for immigrants and as a representative of one of the largest immigrant communities in the city, I know the incredible impact Intro 1867 will have for countless New Yorkers,” said Councilman Francisco Moya. “I am proud to support a historic piece of legislation that will give a voice to nearly a million New Yorkers.”