Call Your State Senator Today to Tell Them You Want Immigrants to Have Access to Driver’s Licenses

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Today is a call-in day targeting “the Long Island Six” to urge them to support the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act (S1747). This week we finally rounded up enough votes in the New York Assembly to pass the Driver’s Licenses bill, but we are still short in the State Senate. We need six Long Island State Seantors to become co-sponsors. Here are their names and phone numbers:

Senator Todd Kaminsky (516) 766-8383

Senator Kevin Thomas  (516) 739-1700

Senator John Brooks (516) 882-0630

Senator Monica Martinez (631) 360-3356

Senator Anna Kaplan (516) 746-5924

Senator Jim Gaughran  (516) 922-1811

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Hello, my name is (your name) and I am calling from (your community) to express my support for restoring access to driver’s licenses for undocumented New Yorkers. It’s the right thing to do for immigrant communities and helps improve road safety for all of us here on Long Island. It’s in everyone’s interest to make sure drivers know the rules of the road and are properly licensed, registered, and insured.

Can we count on the Senator to support the Drivers License and Privacy Act (bill number S1747)?

If you are not sure who your State Senator is, here is a Senator Finder tool.

Here is a fact sheet on the Driver’s Licenses bill.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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