Carrion opposes voting rights for non-citizens

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Adolfo Carrion Jr., the Independence Party mayoral candidate who often reminds voters he would be New York City's first Hispanic mayor, has come out against a bill allowing non-citizens the right to vote in municipal elections, calling it, "well intentioned" but "one of the dumbest things I've ever heard."

The bill is supported by Council members Danny Dromm of Jackson Heights and Ydanis Rodriguez of Washington Heights, who represent large numbers of Hispanic residents.

In a statement, Carrion said he was "almost speechless" at the proposal because, he said, it would water down one of the "awesome and sacred" responsibilities that separates citizens from non-citizen residents.

"If we water that down, we are essentially removing one of the building blocks of our democracy, let alone violating state law," Carrion said in a statement. "To suggest that elected officials will not represent the interests of non-citizens is insulting to all of us who have spent our lives working to represent new immigrants and help them become US citizens."

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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is also running for mayor in the Democratic primary, said yesterday she has not taken a position on the bill.

The statement by Carrion surprised at least one lawmaker. City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Vivertio responded to my Tweet about Carrion's remark by asking, "Huh??"