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A Staten Island judge has ruled the city law allowing noncitizens to vote in city elections to be illegal, citing passages of the New York State Constitution that grant voting rights to citizens.

Supreme Court Justice Ralph Porzio also found that the Immigrant Voting Law, passed by the City Council last December by a vote of 33-14, violated New York State election law and the Municipal Home Rule Law.


The City Council late Monday night approved the record $101.1 billion budget agreed to last week by Mayor Adams and City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams (D-Jamaica) by a vote of 44-6.

The new budget will take effect on July 1. It appears that the Council largely prevailed in negotiations with the administration, as it came in $1.4 billion higher than Mayor Adams proposed in his executive budget plan back in April; and $2.6 billion above his preliminary budget from February.

Community Board 9 met on Tuesday night for the last time before the summer hiatus on Zoom due to Covid concerns.

Elected officials back from Albany attended and delivered remarks including Assemblymembers Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) and Jenifer Rajkumar (D-Woodhaven) and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach).

“They don’t cover anything, especially when it comes to me.”

That’s what Councilmember Vickie Paladino (R-Whitestone) said of “the papers” at this week’s Community Board 7 meeting.

Mayor Adams recently announced new measures to make street vending licenses more accessible and change how those businesses are regulated. The recommendations are the result of a report from the recently created Street Vendor Advisory Board, which the City Council had tasked with assessing the laws surrounding street vending.

Following months of discussion, the SVAB made 16 final recommendations intended to cut red tape and rethink how public space is used. Though some of the board’s suggestions pertain to pieces of local law and could be subject to Council approval, others are less specific and are more conceptual.