After a press conference in Bay Ridge, Ari Kagan, a member of the New York City Council, discussed constitutional concerns raised by the NYC mayor and Democratic supporters who are pushing for voting rights for undocumented immigrants and non-citizens. This discussion was captured in a video interview.
“Constitutional Challenges Surround Voting Rights Dispute: New York City’s Non-Citizen Voting Law Under Legal Scrutiny. Ari Kagan and Nicole Malliotakis Address the Matter in NYC Press Conference.”
“In 2021, New York City Council Passed a Law Granting Voting Rights to Non-Citizens, but Legal Battles Ensue”
In 2021, the New York City Council approved a law that allowed non-citizens with work permits (i.e., non-citizens) to vote on par with American citizens after residing in New York for 30 days. This meant they could participate in electing the mayor of New York City, members of the City Council, judges, and other elected officials in the United States. This voting right also impacted the allocation of the city’s multi-billion-dollar budget, determining where the billions of dollars generated by taxpayer citizens and city property revenue would be directed.
However, due to Republican demands, a lawsuit was initiated on June 7, 2022, challenging the noncitizen voting law. The court ruled that such a law, enacted by the Democratic majority in the New York City Council at City Hall, violated both the New York and U.S. Constitutions. This decision was reached on June 28, 2022, when a judge invalidated the NYC law permitting non-citizens to vote in local elections.
Presently, the mayor of New York City and the Democratic majority are using city budget resources to contest the court’s decision. During a recent press conference, Ari Kagan, alongside Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis, voiced their opposition to the city authorities’ attempt to challenge the court’s decision, which prohibited non-citizens from voting in upcoming New York elections.
Nicole Malliotakis United States Representative August 30 2023 for American Constitution rights