WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A rally has been scheduled in in Westchester in an effort to pressure county officials into overriding Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s veto of the Westchester Immigrant Protection Act.
According to officials, “though the Immigrant Protection Act was passed in early August with the bipartisan support of 11 county legislators, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s subsequent veto set up an override vote on Monday, Sept. 25.”
For an override, the support of 12 legislators will be needed to pass the act into law. The rally is scheduled to take place in the district of Legislator David Tubiolo, who is among the minority of legislators who voted against the Immigrant Protection Act initially in August.
In response, immigrants and supporters of the act scheduled a rally, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18 at 660 McLean Avenue in Yonkers, near the ACME Market. A march through city streets will then follow.
“Our union enthusiastically endorses the Westchester Immigrant Protection Act as a vital tool for reinforcing the bonds of trust between immigrant communities and our local law enforcement,” John Santos, Vice President of 32BJ SEIU Hudson Valley stated.
“Legislator Tubiolio has the opportunity to correct his record and stand with his constituents on the right side of history by voting ‘yes’ on Sept. 25. We encourage all Westchester County legislators to do the right thing and support the act, so that immigrants feel comfortable helping local authorities prevent and solve crime, thereby making Westchester safer for everybody.”
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