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New license plates seen as money grab by some taxpayers

By next year, those blue and white and blue and gold license plates will be a thing of the past.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this week that the state will begin phasing them out as a new plate is designed.

The public is being asked to weigh in on the options.

Meanwhile, many drivers – and some local leaders – are weighing in on the change itself.

“It’s New York State. New York State is a money-driven state,” said driver Marty Smith of Rochester.

Beginning next spring, New York will charge drivers $25 for a new license plate if they have one that’s more than 10 years old. Cuomo’s office contends the move is meant to replace damaged or peeling plates with a design that’s reflective and easy to read by police, EZ Pass and cashless tolling systems. To keep your same plate number, it will cost an extra $20.

“They’re trying to say it’s because of the lifespan, but it sounds pretty ridiculous to me,” Steven Norway, a driver, said. “Sounds like a money pull from the state and all the counties are going to get their cut from doing all the re-processing again.”

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