Lawsuits against NYC’s Foreign Citizen Voting aka Local Law 11

Defendant’s attorney Jerry Goldfederer has filed an Order to Show Cause for a Stay of Discovery, Order to Cure Judiciary Law §470 Violation, Consolidation, and Joinder of Necessary Parties to be heard 3 pm on July 13, 2022.  The discussion is to continue 9:30 on July 29, 2022 at the Richmond County Supreme Court, 26 Central Avenue, Room 420.

(1) Vito Fossella et al v. Eric Adams et al Judge Porzio filed Jan 10, 2022.  At the April 13 hearing, parties and counsel changed.  Oral argument was June 7.  Local Law 11 was ruled unconsitutional on June 27.  The City has one month to appeal.

(2) Katherine James’ lawsuit against the Board of Elections on NYC’s Intro A1867 Foreign Citizen Voting Bill.  Public Interest Legal Foundation.

Katherine James on NYC’s Foreign Citizen Voting Bill

History

New York City Council passed Int A1867-2020 on December 9, 2021 allowing lawful permanent residents and persons authorized to work in the United States in New York city to participate in municipal elections..

File #: Int 18672020    Version: A
Type: Introduction
Title: Allowing lawful permanent residents and persons authorized to work in the United States in New York city to participate in municipal elections.
Mover: Seconder:
Result: Pass
Agenda note: Amended and Coupled on General Orders
Minutes note: Council Member Gjonaj’s Motion to Recommit Int. No. 1867-A back to Committee was defeated by a vote of 14-35-0: Affirmative: CMs Carr, Cornegy, R. Diaz, Gennaro, Gjonaj, Grodenchik, Holden, Maisel, Ulrich, Vallone, Vernikov, Yeger, the Minority Leader (Council Member Borelli), and the Majority Leader (Council Member Cumbo) – 14. Negative: CMs Adams, Ampry-Samuel, Ayala, Barron, Brannan, Brooks-Powers, Caban, Chin, D. Diaz, Dinowitz, Dromm, Eugene, Feliz, Gibson, Kallos, Koo, Koslowitz, Lander, Levin, Levine, Louis, Menchaca, Miller, Moya, Powers, Reynoso, Riley, Rivera, Rodriguez, Rose, Rosenthal, Salamanca, Treyger, Van Bramer, and the Speaker (Council Member Johnson) – 35.
Action: Approved by Council
Action text: A motion was made that this Introduction be Approved by Council approved by Roll Call.

It was not vetoed by Mayors Bill de Blasio nor Eric Adams, thus became law automatically on January 9, 2022.  The 2 lawsuits followed.

For the law: Democracy Docket
Against the law:  Michael Bloomberg

No funding was earmarked New York Sun, May 25, 2022

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