New York City Hall–December 2nd…New York Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy and NYC Council Minority Leader Joe Borelli today held a press conference on the steps of City Hall ahead of a vote next week by Council Democrats to give voting rights to over 800,000 non-citizens. Standing with other concerned New Yorkers and elected officials, they pledged to take against the legislation, including any legal action necessary to prevent the bill from becoming law.
Chairman Langworthy said, “This is perhaps the worst idea out of New York City Democrats ever, and that’s really saying something. This radical legislation is unconstitutional, un-American and downright dangerous. This not only will undermine the credibility of local city elections but will undoubtedly interfere with the integrity of state and national elections across New York State. Democrats do not get to create their own brand of citizenship to manipulate elections. This is unconditionally unconstitutional and we will use every legal method to make sure it’s stopped. “
Minority Leader Borelli said, “Calling this non-citizen voting is a misnomer – because the 800,000 plus green card and work visa holders that the radical left wants to to allow to vote in New York City elections are already citizens of other countries, and almost all of them have the right to vote in their home countries. If they want to vote here, they should go through the process of becoming citizens, because that is how you show a real commitment to being a part of this city and this country. The stakes are too high, the problems we face in this city are too big, for us to give away the most quintessential right of American citizenship to someone who has only lived here for 30 days.”
The New York City Council bill, called “Our City, Our Vote” is scheduled for a vote on December 9th. The bill already has a veto-proof 34 Democrats committed to vote for it.