NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A bill allowing noncitizen residents to vote in New York City has become law.
The City Council approved the “Our City, Our Vote” bill in December and the 30-day time limit for the mayor to take action against the bill expired at midnight Sunday.READ MORE: The Squeeze: Fed Set To Raise Interest Rates In March
More than 800,000 noncitizens will be able to vote in local elections as soon as next year.READ MORE: St. Catharine's Church In Holmdel, N.J. In Dire Need Of Repairs
In a statement, Mayor Eric Adams said, “While I initially had some concerns about one aspect of the bill, I had a productive dialogue with my colleagues in government that put those concerns at ease. I believe allowing the legislation to be enacted is by far the best choice, and look forward to bringing millions into the democratic process.”MORE NEWS: Cure Violence Experts Say More Must Be Done At Schools To Prevent Teen Violence; 'We Know Violence Begins There'
New York is the most populous city in the U.S. to grant voting rights to noncitizens.