The bill tries to change the city's charter by including a new chapter with provisions for enabling green card holders and those with work authorization to register to vote and participate in citywide elections by producing a separate municipal voter registration. Adams backed the concept when he was campaigning for mayor earlier this year.
"We cannot be a beacon to the world and continue to attract the global talent, energy and entrepreneurship that has allowed our city to thrive for centuries if we do not give immigrants a vote in how this city is run and what our priorities are for the future," Adams announced in February, according to the New York Daily News.
De Blasio, in the meantime, stated on "The Brian Lehrer Show" in September that there are "two problems" with the bill.
"One, I don't believe it is legal. Our law department is very clear on this," the mayor stated. "I really believe this has to be decided at the state level, according to state law."
The other issue, he announced, is that it undermines attempts to get people to become citizens.
"I think there's a real set of mixed feelings it generates in me about what's the right way to approach this issue," he announced.
The New York Times announced that the bill would enable an estimated 808,000 noncitizens to vote.
The bill says residents have to be living in the city for no less than 30 days before an election. It furthermore specifies that it only applies to municipal elections and calls for a separate form of voter registration to reflect that.
"Nothing in this chapter shall be construed so as to confer upon municipal voters the right to vote for any state or federal office or on any state or federal ballot question," the bill states.
"Any restrictions that are currently on the books really only apply to federal and state elections," Joshi told the Times.
The bill is next scheduled for a vote by the city council on Dec. 9.
"We have the votes, it's going to be a very big deal," said Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who has scheduled the vote despite misgivings from Mayor de Blasio.
Hizzoner reiterated his belief that only state lawmakers are allowed to pass a bill like this throughout his daily briefing Tuesday — though crucially added he would not veto the measure if it passed.
"I do have reservations, but obviously I want to see exactly what they're doing," de Blasio told reporters.