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Senator Rob Ortt introducing legislation to combat new license plate fees

Senator Ortt calling replacement license plates a "money grab" by the state
Posted at 5:39 PM, Aug 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 17:39:32-04

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WKBW) — This week Governor Andrew Cuomo rolled out a survey to help choose the new design for license plates across the state.

It’s part of a mandated replacement program that will be rolled out over the next 10 years.

Everyone will need to get new plates because of issues with the current ones being read by E-Z PASS.

The cost will range from $25-40 and it has state senator Rob Ortt calling this a “money grab” by the Governor.

He says the state could charge $1 for replacement plates, but they went to the maximum of $25.

The program is expected to bring in nearly $75 million over the 10 year roll-out period.

In response, Ortt introduced legislation to combat the measure — it would make the replacement plates free to anyone who does not have a lost or damaged plate.

The bill has just been introduced in the senate, Ortt says it has bi-partisan support.