Immigration Protection Act override fails

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An attempt by the Westchester County Legislature to override the veto of the Immigration Protection Act has failed.

Eleven legislators, including all the nine Democrats and two Republicans, were in favor, but 12 votes were needed to override the veto.

The board passed the Immigration Protection Act last month, but County Executive Rob Astorino vetoed the legislation, saying it endangers public safety.

Last night’s meeting was packed with supporters holding signs and several addressing the board in favor of the act before the vote. Supporters of the act say it would have eased fears of deportation among members of the immigrant community, which could make them more cooperative in regard to reporting crimes.

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