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City council bill could grant voting rights to thousands of NYC Haitians

NEW YORK — The New York City Council has paved the way for some non-citizen residents to vote in local elections, a move that could apply to over 23,000 Haitians in the city. 

“This is a big win for New Yorkers, this is a big win for the immigrant community,” said Lovely Pierre, a Canarsie resident who serves fellow immigrants through a local church. Pierre said job development and education are issues that could bring new voters to the polls. 

“You’re talking about, for Haitian immigrants, professional opportunities, job development,” said Pierre, who is married with three children. “If I can get my kids a good education, that’s even better.”

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