UPDATE (4:15 p.m.) Bello has accepted the invitation.

“I am pleased to partner with the County Executive and share my expertise on licensing issues. I look forward to meeting with State Senators and sharing my concerns with the present proposal to confer drivers’ licenses to undocumented individuals,” he said.

 

No need to wait until 2020 for the Green Light bill to become a campaign issue.

The proposal to give driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants is front and center in several local races across the state. That includes the contest for Monroe County Executive.

Incumbent Republican Cheryl Dinolfo sent an open letter to her Democratic challenger Adam Bello, asking him to join her Monday in Albany to advocate against the bill’s passage. Bello, currently the Monroe Count Clerk, has said he has concerns about the legislation and the difficulties it will present for his staff, however he has vowed to follow the law if passed.

“Given my longstanding opposition to this proposal, and your stated concerns about this bill specifically, now is the time to put politics aside and work in a spirit of bipartisanship to stop this misguided legislation from passing, before it is too late,” Dinolfo wrote.

The county executive pointed out, when she was clerk in 2007, she and other clerks across the state successfully rallied against then-Governor Elliot Spitzer’s attempt to give driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. She said “even in the midst of this campaign season” they should cast aside politics and advocate for the community’s best interest this year.