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Niagara County lawmakers vote to disregard Cuomo on Salvadoran immigrants

The Republican-controlled Niagara County Legislature voted 11-4 along party lines Tuesday to rebuke Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for last week's order to state agencies not to cooperate with federal plans to deport long-term refugees from El Salvador.

The measure instructs county departments to disregard any state instructions that contradict the U.S. Department of Homeland Security order that Salvadorans admitted under temporary protected status in 2001 must leave by next year or be deported.

Majority Leader Randy R. Bradt of North Tonawanda said as far as he knows, there are no Salvadoran refugees in Niagara County.

"We can't circumvent the state. (Cuomo) by all means should not circumvent the federal government," Bradt said.

"This just creates more hate in this country," said Minority Leader Dennis F. Virtuoso of Niagara Falls.

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