Federal judge dismisses Erie County clerk’s legal challenge to Green Light Law – The Buffalo News

Sandra Tan

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Erie County Clerk Michael “Mickey” Kearns, who sought to prevent New York State from granting driver’s licenses to immigrants living in the state illegally.

Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford, who heard oral arguments last month over his bid for a preliminary injunction, said Kearns does not have legal standing to challenge the law.

“While plaintiff may strenuously disagree with the Green Light Law, he is not the proper party to challenge its legitimacy because he has failed to establish an injury that is recognized under the law,” Wolford wrote in her 32-page decision.


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