ALBANY -- New York Governor David Paterson pledges to table plans for mandatory new license plates. The proposed revenue generator originated from the state legislature, but caught heat from county clerks who continue to say ”no way.”
Over the summer Governor Paterson proposed a $25 increase in the cost of license plates. The measure also would have made it mandatory for all New York car owners to obtain the new plates by April 1, 2010.
Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul says she’s pleased with the governor’s move to table the plate plans. She adds Albany needs to look elsewhere to raise funds.
“When you’re looking for fees you have to spread it around,” Hochul said Friday afternoon.
She says the plates would have cost Erie County drivers $15.3 million.
“Stop hitting the people who drive cars. We’re hit more disproportionately upstate because we drive cars around. We don’t have as many public transportation options,” added the Erie County Clerk.
State country clerks collected more than 100,000 signatures from New Yorkers who did not support the new plates.
New York Department of Motor Vehicle fees have gone up 25% in the past year.