New York State officials join together to push back on new license plate fees

Herkimer County Clerk Sylvia Rowan has joined other clerks and state senators in opposing new license plate fees that could cost drivers up to $45.

Posted: Sep 4, 2019 5:37 PM

ALBANY – Herkimer County Clerk Sylvia Rowan has joined other clerks and state senators in opposing new license plate fees that could cost drivers up to $45.

The state held a contest to choose the new design of the New York license plate, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo says driver will have to pay $25 to upgrade license plates to the new design. There will be an additional fee of $20 for anyone who wants to keep their original license plate number.

“I don’t understand why the tax payer has to pay for this new additional fee. I’m grateful to have the two representatives, both in the assembly and the senate, to speak out on our behalf…I just think Albany is on a fast track and I think they need to stop and pay attention to what they’re doing,” said Rowan.

County clerks, along with Sen. Jim Tedisco, are calling for the legislature to hold hearings this fall to get public input on the license plate tax. They have also requested an investigation into what happened to the old plates and why the state isn't seeking to refunds from the previous license plate vendor, 3M, instead of requiring residents pay these new fees.

The contest for the new license plate design ended Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. No winner has been announced as of Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019.

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