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Aug 26, 2019 1:52 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

State Residents May Vote On New License Plate Designs

Plate Design One GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO
Aug 27, 2019 2:53 PM

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced a statewide competition in which New Yorkers can vote on a new license plate design.

There are five competing proposed designs from which to choose. The design with the most votes will become the state’s official license plate, available to residents beginning in April 2020.

“License plates are a symbol of who we are as a state, and New Yorkers should have a vote and a voice in its final design,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement released last week.

The contest kicks off a new 10-year license plate replacement program. Over 3 million vehicles in New York State have significantly aging plates, according to state officials, and many are damaged or difficult to read. Illegible plates hinder license plate readers used by law enforcement, red light cameras and tolling systems in the state, the officials said.

The winning design will replace all blue-and-white plates and any plates 10 years old or older. The Department of Motor Vehicles also will stop issuing optional gold plates and begin fully transitioning to the new plate design once produced.

“The time has come for New York to have a new license plate, which is why we worked hard to create design options that not only capture the heart of the Empire State but also that our customers will be proud to put on their vehicles,” Commissioner Mark Schroeder said in the release.

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. noted the reasons the governor’s office gave for reissuing plates, but said he was skeptical — particularly about a mandatory fee that will be charged to replace old plates.

“The State DMV is stating that the new license plates are necessary as the state proceeds to cashless tolling with E-ZPass,” Mr. Thiele said. “They argue the current plates are difficult to read with license plate scanners at the tollbooths. Therefore, new, more visible plates are necessary. It is unclear whether this rationale is valid.”

Mr. Thiele objected to the mandatory $25 fee to replace current license plates.

“New Yorkers are already taxed enough and should not be required to pay an additional fee for these plates. If the state wishes to proceed, the program should either be voluntary, or it should be paid for within the existing $175 billion state budget,” he added.

Robert Ross, a license plate enthusiast and the vice president of community and government relations at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, said he was supportive of the governor’s plan.

“The whole thing is being politicized. People just think it is just a way for the state and Governor Cuomo to make money, but license plates need to be replaced anyway after a few years,” Mr. Ross said.

Mr. Ross, who successfully led lobbying for optional 9/11 memorial license plates, which were finally released last year, said that if people do not like the new license plates, they should invest in a 9/11 plate instead. “They are a little more expensive. However, the money goes toward a good cause,” Mr. Ross said.

Mr. Ross and Mr. Thiele agree that residents are not going to feel better about the state because of the plates.

“I saw on the news the other night that somebody, when asked about the new plates, said, ‘Who cares, it is just a plate,’” he said.

“There is nothing about new license plates that is going to make residents feel more connected with their state. Rather, they will feel that the state will be more connected to their wallets,” Mr. Thiele said.

It’s possible that the state will rethink the $25 fee, the assemblyman said.

“Based on the mail and phone calls I have received so far, most residents are angered by the possibility of another fee from the State of New York. They see it as a money grab. There are several bills that have already been introduced in the State Legislature to block the $25 fee. The legislature will not be back in session until January,” Mr. Thiele said.

Voting for one of the five possible designs is open through September 2 on the governor’s website at now.ny.gov/page/s/vote-for-the-next-nys-license-plate-design.

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License plates with anti-defacement features please!
Look carefully and you will see many vehicles with plates intentionally defaced (most popular method involves a hammer and solvent) so as to avoid detection by speed/red light cameras and EZ pass.
By Aeshtron (431), Southampton on Aug 26, 19 2:39 PM
My plates are fine do not need replacement. Your governor wants more and more and more money to fund the busted MTA. The greatest amount of cars are not in NYC and he wants you to pay for it. Why does the plate have to be changed.. If they are illegible, give them a ticket and have them go to MV and purchase a new one.
Tired of the state ripping of the off the residents. Fix the MTA. I wonder about a guy the names a bridge after dad???






By knitter (1941), Southampton on Aug 26, 19 2:41 PM
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Registration used to be $5 in NY
By Non-Political (125), Hampton Bays on Aug 26, 19 2:43 PM
In 1960 $30,000 bought a nice house on the South Fork.
By Aeshtron (431), Southampton on Aug 27, 19 11:10 AM
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A part-time job used to pay for a college degree.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Aug 27, 19 12:35 PM
Yep, and the same greedy, feckless academia-industrial complex that is both the cause and beneficiary of outrageously high tuition want to blame the loan companies, have the taxpayers wipe out all student debt, and then taxpayer funded "free" college tuition. Yeah, government funded college tuition will bring down costs for sure.

By MoronEliminator (215), Montauk on Aug 28, 19 11:21 PM
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I agree that guaranteed student loans are a driving cause of higher tuition. Can't blame the loan companies when the gov't guarantees loans to any school. That's why free tuition to public schools instead of of guaranteed loans to $50k/year institutions is a better alternative.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Aug 29, 19 11:21 AM
My plates are fine do not need replacement. Your governor wants more and more and more money to fund the busted MTA. The greatest amount of cars are not in NYC and he wants you to pay for it. Why does the plate have to be changed.. If they are illegible, give them a ticket and have them go to MV and purchase a new one.
Tired of the state ripping of the off the residents. Fix the MTA. I wonder about a guy the names a bridge after dad???






By knitter (1941), Southampton on Aug 26, 19 2:52 PM
Please, Fred Thiele, stop this nonsense. More $ for something we don't care about.
By laa71 (8), SAG HARBOR on Aug 27, 19 12:30 PM
All the problems in our state, and this is what our governor is concerned with?? This is simply a money-grab, another tax, another fee. Pathetic, even for Fredo’s brother.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Aug 27, 19 1:22 PM
Send in your votes and they have your email address and you will start receiving a lot to Mail...
We don't need plates....
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Aug 28, 19 7:29 AM
Maybe we should put an outline of the state of Florida on the new plates, since that’s where the N.Y. tax base is headed anyway?
By CPalmer (122), Southampton on Aug 28, 19 3:18 PM
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I was just saying to a colleague that at some point in the near future people who wait too long to leave will find it increasingly difficult to sell their homes.

Poor Connecticut offers a glimpse of NY in a few years. The people who want to relocate can't sell their homes due to enormous local taxes, and a recent promise by Democrats to force suburban taxpayers to pay a large new property tax to prop up CT's extravagant teach pensions.
Aug 28, 19 11:25 PM appended by MoronEliminator
teach=teacher
By MoronEliminator (215), Montauk on Aug 28, 19 11:25 PM
Just keep blaming your fellow citizens, instead of monetary policy. How ironic.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 29, 19 12:13 AM
@ CPalmer -- please expand on your comparison of NY's and FL's tax base. Florida's tax base is robust and healthy!
According to a December 19th, 2019 article in the Tampa Bay Times "State revenue collections during the fiscal year that started July 1st have been running $365.2 million ahead of projections that had been last revised in August."
According to the IRS, in 2018, Florida had the fourth highest gross federal tax revenue in the nation at $205,694,126,000.
By Aeshtron (431), Southampton on Aug 30, 19 10:49 AM
My point being that NYers are leaving in droves for Florida, a trend that will continue with NY’s brutal and worsening tax regime. As the tax base leaves NY, the burden on those remaining will get higher and higher. It is the vicious cycle of a dying state. Florida, here we come!!
By CPalmer (122), Southampton on Sep 6, 19 4:22 PM
Cost of living and housing is far worse than taxation.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 6, 19 4:51 PM
....and that’s saying something given NY has #1 worst tax burden in the nation.
By CPalmer (122), Southampton on Sep 7, 19 8:48 AM