A pair of state lawmakers are renewing a push to allow immigrants in the country illegally to apply for New York driver’s licenses — a decade after then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer led an ill-fated effort in favor of it.
A few hundred immigrants from across New York gathered Tuesday at the state Capitol, lending their support to a bill in the state Assembly that would create a limited license available to any state resident, regardless of immigration status.
A limited license holder would be allowed to drive within the state. But the license wouldn’t meet federal identification standards for flights and border crossings.
The bill comes 10 years after Spitzer made the issue one of his priorities upon taking office in 2007.
Spitzer’s plan, however, was met with a wave of backlash from state lawmakers and local clerks, ultimately causing him to drop it.