Lawmakers hope to override veto of bill aimed at protecting immigrants

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Some Westchester lawmakers are hoping to override a veto threatened by County Executive Rob Astorino after they passed a bill aimed at protecting local immigrants.

Immigration activist Carola Otero Bracco believes just one more vote on the County Board is needed to overturn Rob Astorino's veto of the so-called Immigration Protection Act and turn it into law. She believes the bill is needed to make immigrants and undocumented residents feel safe where they live.

County lawmakers passed the controversial bill Monday with 10 votes. Two Republicans crossed party lines to support the legislation that would restrict the county from using its resources to help the federal government enforce its immigration policy.

The bill has many detractors, including local police unions that say it would tie their hands and make it harder to do their jobs. Two of the five Republican legislators who voted against it believe it could cost the county millions of dollars in federal funds.

While Democratic lawmakers and immigration advocates remain hopeful that they can get the one vote they need, the spokesman for the legislators says turning the bill into law appears to be next to impossible.

“I can say with certainty there aren't sufficient votes to override a veto,” says County Board spokesperson Matt Richter.

County Executive Rob Astorino has 10 days to officially veto the bill. It's not clear when legislators would take a vote to try and overturn it.

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