New York City Files Notice of Appeal in Non-Citizen Voting Rights Case

Last Friday, New York City filed a notice of appeal on behalf of Mayor Eric Adams and the New York City Council in Fossella v. Adams.  It signaled its intention to fight a Richmond County judge’s ruling invalidating Local Law 11 of 2022.  This legislation expanded the franchise to lawful, non-citizen permanent residents and people with legal work permits voting in municipal elections.

“We stand firm in our commitment to empowering immigrant New Yorkers to participate in our local democratic process.  With today’s appeal, we are sending a clear message that New York is a city of inclusion.  We look forward to seeing the court rule in favor of Local Law 11 and the City’s appeal.”

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