Green-light licenses for all
The NYPD’s cry for help
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New York granted driver’s
licenses to undocumented immigrants
up until the Sept. 11,
2001 terrorist attacks. Then-
Governor George Pataki, in the
wake of the disaster, instituted
new rules that mandated that
drivers have a Social Security
number to request or maintain
After years of struggling to
restore the benefi t to undocumented
New Yorkers, the fi rst
“green light” is fi nally visible
on a road full of stops.
This week, the Green Light
NY bill that would grant driver’s
licenses to undocumented
residents was approved by the
Assembly, but the legislation
has yet to be ratifi ed by the Senate
to become law.
The fate of around 265,000
undocumented New Yorkers
hangs in the balance, but that’s
apparently not enough to motivate
the leaders of this legislative
Although Senate Deputy
Majority Leader Michael Gianaris
has said he supports the
bill, the Democratic-led Senate
continues to refuse to bring
the bill to a vote. Immigrant
advocacy groups have asked
Gianaris to use his power to
convince the State Senate to
commit to passing the Driver’s
Licenses and Privacy Act.
The legislative chamber
ends session in the middle of
this month, and that worries
immigrants who depend on
a car to commute to work or
With or without this legislation,
are driving. Why not ensure
that they have licenses to
boost the economy while making
roads safer? Legislators
have an obligation to do what
is in the best interest of public
safety and ensure that all drivers
have a driver’s license in
the state, so that each driver is
trained, certifi ed, registered,
inspected and insured.
This would mean that thousands
of immigrants living in
the shadows can take their children
to school, go to medical appointments
and drive to their
jobs without fear that a routine
police traffi c stop can put them
on the road to deportation.
It’s time for the Senate to
act. Call Gianaris’ offi ce at (718)
728-0960 and tell him to get this
The New York Police Department
suffered two shocking
suicides in as many days
last week in Brooklyn and
Queens. Assistant Chief Steven
Silks, a 38-year member of the
NYPD, took his own life on a
Forest Hills street on June 5; he
was mere days from a manda-
tory retirement from the force.
The next day in Brooklyn,
Det. Joseph Calabrese of
the Brooklyn South Homicide
Squad killed himself. According
to reports, it happened a
few hours after his wife had
been hospitalized for a condition.
Some of us think of our fi rst
responders as real-life heroes
there to protect us against the
bad guys. Of course, the reality
is that police offi cers are
humans, not comic book characters.
They grapple with both
the everyday issues life brings
us, but they are compounded
by issues unique to their job.
They have seen crime scene
horrors no one should see.
They deal with high-pressure
situations that could threaten
someone’s life, or even their
own. Some have dealt with the
trauma of a close colleague being
killed in the line of duty,
while others have made tragic
decisions that cannot be reversed.
We urge our police offi cers
who are struggling with their
mental health to seek the care
they need. Don’t throw your
families into undue suffering.
It can get better.