ALBANY, NY (WSKG) - A spokesman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that a plan to charge up to $45 to replace license plates more than 10 years old is no longer going forward.
The news comes after a Siena College poll finds New Yorkers strongly oppose having to pay for new license plates.
Three-quarters of those asked said they think the $25 fee to replace the plates is unfair. Those who want to keep their current plate number would have to pay an additional $20.
The program, which was expected to earn the state an estimated $75 million in new fees, has touched a nerve.
Siena spokesman Steve Greenberg said most New Yorkers’ only interaction with state government is with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
“Everybody has to deal with DMV,” Greenberg said. “It’s the part of state government that most New Yorkers interact with.”
Cuomo said in late August that it’s up to the state Legislature to waive or lower the $25 fee for the new plates, or to change the proposal to require new plates.
Rich Azzopardi, a senior adviser to Cuomo said in a statement Tuesday that the replacement program won’t be carried out next April as planned.
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