Three Republicans who represent Niagara County in Albany said Friday they will introduce legislation to prevent the state from collecting $25 from 3 million New Yorkers who are required to obtain new license plates in the next two years.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's plan would put a minimum of $75 million into state coffers. Drivers who want to keep their current plate number would have to pay an additional $20.
Cuomo said in Wilson Tuesday that people with blue-and-white plates more than 10 years old must obtain new ones that would work better with cashless tolling, which is dependent on photos of license plates of vehicles passing the toll sites.
"New Yorkers are smart. No matter how the governor and his press team try to spin this story, we will see this for what it is: a massive cash grab,” State Sen. Robert G. Ortt of North Tonawanda said at a news conference in Lockport.
Assemblymen Michael J. Norris of Lockport and Angelo Morinello of Niagara Falls concurred.