WHITE PLAINS – By a one-vote margin, the Westchester County Board of Legislators Monday night failed to override County Executive Robert Astorino’s veto of the county’s Immigration Protection Act. The vote was 11 to 6. Twelve votes are needed for an override.
Immigrant, labor and community leaders vowed to continue fighting for the measure.
“Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and the legislators who voted against the Immigration Protection Act today sent a clear message to their constituents that they are more than willing to help carry out the Trump Administration’s discriminatory anti-immigration agenda,” said Charlotte Gossett Navarro, New York Immigration Coalition senior manager for member engagement in the Hudson Valley. While the override failed, “we will continue to stand up for the values that truly make America great: opportunity and justice for all.”
Luis Yumba, Hudson Valley Community Coalition acting executive director, said they are “disappointed that the legislators could not find the unity to put political and electoral considerations aside and reverse the veto in this important protection law.” He said there is “no time to wait or deny the importance of protecting our undocumented immigrant community.”
Democratic Majority Leader Catherine Borgia, the lead sponsor of the bill, promised to reintroduce it this week.