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Green-light licenses for all
New York granted driver’s
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.
Th is 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
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REACH: 13,976 people (as of 6/10/19)
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
Th e legislative chamber ends
session in the middle of this
month, and that worries immigrants
who depend on a car to
commute to work or school.
With or without this legislation,
licenses to undocumented
immigrants up until the
Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Th en-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 their licenses.
Aft er 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.
Th is week, the Green Light
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.
Th e fate of around 265,000
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The cry for help
The New York Police
Department suff ered 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 mandatory retirement
from the force.
Th e next day in Brooklyn,
Detective Joseph Calabrese of the
Brooklyn South Homicide Squad
also killed himself. According to
reports, it happened a few hours
aft er 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. Th ey
grapple with both the everyday
issues life brings us, but they are
compounded by issues unique to
Th ey have seen crime scene
horrors no one should see. Th ey
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 suff ering. It can get better.