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LatinoJustice PRLDEF Applauds Federal Court Decision Dismissing GreenLight Law Legal Challenge

New York, NY

CONTACT: Christiaan Perez, [email protected], 212-739-7581

New York, NY –  Friday, Judge Elizabeth Wolford of the Federal District Court for the Western District of New York issued a 32-page Decision and Order dismissing Erie County’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionally of New York’s newly enacted Green Light Law which would permit non-citizen residents to obtain a drivers’ license in the case of Kearns v. Cuomo et al. Judge Wolford dismissed the case on jurisdictional grounds noting that Kearns as a county clerk failed to establish requisite legal standing to challenge the GreenLight Law.

 “Today’s ruling confirms what we’ve been saying all along - this was a baseless frivolous lawsuit brought by the Erie County clerk and others with suspect motivations seeking to delay the forthcoming implementation of this law next month. Now that this case has been dismissed before the Western District Federal Court of New York, LatinoJustice and our partner organizations will continue to work with and support the New York Attorney General’s Office’s efforts to dismiss a similar baseless lawsuit brought by the Rensselaer County clerk in the Federal Northern District Court of New York in order to defend immigrant New Yorkers’ rights to drive, take care of their families, and thrive in our state, without the fear of prosecution while doing so,” said José Pérez, Deputy General Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF.


LatinoJustice PRLDEF works to create a more just society by using and challenging the rule of law to secure transformative, equitable and accessible justice, by empowering our community and by fostering leadership through advocacy and education. For more than 40 years, LatinoJustice PRLDEF has acted as an advocate against injustices throughout New York and beyond. To learn more about LatinoJustice, visit