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Rensselaer County Legislature passes resolution opposing Cuomo's license plate exchange program

September 10, 2019 11:56 PM

Tuesday night the Rensselaer County Legislature unanimously passed a resolution opposing the proposed fees associated with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s mandatory license plate exchange program.  

“We've heard strong opposition from our constituents that they're overtaxed, overburdened,” said Rensselaer County Legislature Vice Chairperson Kelly Hoffman. “Rensselaer County wanted to take a stand and tell the governor enough is enough.”

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The program says anyone with plates older than 10 years will have to pay for replacements, which will cost $25. There will be an addition $20 fee to keep the same plate number. Cuomo has said the fee has been effect for ten-year and lawmakers could’ve changed it. However, Hoffman said the Governor can change it now.

“The governor is the governor from the state of New York,” said Hoffman. “He has a lot of power and he does have the opportunity to change this for people.”

Legislators said at Tuesday's meeting that for farmers and people with small businesses that will have to change a dozen plates, this would be costly.

Fulton County became the first country in the state to pass a resolution opposing the license plate fee. Members of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors law and finance committee will also take up a resolution opposing the license plate exchange program on Wednesday.

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Emily De Vito

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