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Cuomo seeks compromise in license plate plan, but lawmakers remains skeptical

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to find a way out of the license plate replacement controversy, but state lawmakers are not buying into the compromise his administration proposed just yet.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers over the last week have shared similar questions about the administration’s plan to require motorists with license plates ten years or older to purchase new ones for $25.

Cuomo’s office on Thursday released a statement from Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Mark Schroeder that floated a potential end to the controversy: Motorists with plates 10 years old or older could keep their plates pending an inspection to determine their condition.

Schroeder said the Cuomo administration was willing to work with lawmakers to develop the inspection plan before the replacement program begins next April.

But lawmakers were skeptical.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, a Democrat who represents Schenectady, knocked the proposal.

“It seems to me that NYS DMV Commissioner Schroeder missed the point. Drivers are not taking issue with replacing damaged plates but the governor’s program FORCES drivers to replace plates, regardless of condition,” he said.

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