Contact: Joshua Fitzpatrick, (518) 455-3751
For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tedisco: Assembly Majority Defies Will of 72 Percent of New Yorkers Who Oppose Governor Spitzer's Plan To Give Driver's Licenses To Illegal Aliens

Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) today said that the Assembly Majority's blocking of an initiative offered by the Assembly Minority that would have halted implementation of Governor Eliot Spitzer's plan to give illegal aliens driver's licenses was "in direct defiance of the will of 72 percent of New Yorkers," who oppose the Governor's plan.

"Sadly, what we saw transpire today was the Assembly Majority defying the will of 72 percent of New Yorkers who oppose Governor Eliot Spitzer's unlawful plan to give illegal aliens driver's licenses," Tedisco said.

The Assembly Minority's measure was defeated by a vote of 85-57.

"The Majority's reasoning - if you can call it that - for blocking our amendment was a sham, a farce, a joke. Worse yet, it was a slap in the face to every single New Yorker who rejects Governor Spitzer's risky, reckless and irresponsible plan," Tedisco stated.

"At least now we know where the bulk of Members of the Assembly Majority stand on this critical issue. There were 17 Majority members who cared enough about ensuring the safety and security of their fellow New Yorkers and went on record as opposing Governor Spitzer's plan. As for those remaining Majority members who stood silent and did nothing, they should be ashamed of themselves. Their utter disregard for the will of the vast majority of New Yorkers opposing the Governor's plan is inexcusable and indefensible," Tedisco concluded.

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