Bloomberg on Non-Citizen Voting

After marching in the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn, Michael Bloomberg visited a PS 241 in Brooklyn to talk about the opening of schools tomorrow. There, I got a chance to ask him about remarks Lt. Governor David Paterson made at a breakfast for parade organizers today in support of non-citizen voting.

“It’s a priviledge of citizenship,” Bloomberg said. “If you want to vote, you should become a citizen.”

He went on to say, “If voting were given to everybody, what’s the point of becoming a citizen? It is really the real difference between being a citizen and not being a citizen and I think we should preserve that difference.”