FLEOA's Remarks on Green Light Law

FLEOA President Larry Cosme Delivers Remarks on Green Light Law at Joint Federal/State Law Enforcement Leaders Press Conference in Albany, New York


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                            February 20, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – Larry Cosme, National President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), stood with the Department of Homeland Security in Albany, New York on Thursday for a press conference condemning the state’s Green Light Law. Below are President Cosme’s remarks as prepared.

Thank you Acting ICE Director Albence, other distinguished guests present today, and our state and local law enforcement partners for having me here to represent the 28,000 federal law enforcement officers and agents who make up the FLEOA membership. We also thank DHS Acting Secretary Wolf for his continued support on this matter.

Law enforcement is a team effort. We accomplish great things when that team is free to work together. Unfortunately, when politics get in the way and undercut that teamwork, it jeopardizes the safety of the public - as this so called Green Light law is doing to the residents of New York.

In our view, the only green light this law illuminates is the one for criminals to come and prey on New Yorkers, which New York City’s recent crime statistics highlight.

The memory of politicians in this state of the coordinated joint response to the September 11th, 2001 attacks, response to Superstorm Sandy, and multiple other major events seems to be fleeting. Clearly lawmakers have forgotten these events when they passed this ridiculous law.

Whenever New York has been in need, federal law enforcement did not falter - they responded without question as they always will. Yet this green light law essentially shows no gratitude for that support. Worse, it paints federal law enforcement as the enemy.

This is why we are asking, on behalf of federal law enforcement and with the safety of New Yorkers in mind, for the state to rescind or amend this "green light” for crime and allow the team of law enforcement to do as it has always done, work together to continue to keep New York and America safe.