NEW YORK STATE Paving way for more cash

The OBSERVER's view

You have likely seen them on the roads. License plates in New York state that have become unreadable — even on some of the newer editions.

It was almost like it was planned from the start. Of course the state is blaming the damages on oxidizing and peeling, but that never happened in the past.

What’s the fix? New license plates of course!

“The time has come for New York to have a new license plate, which is why we worked hard to create design options that not only capture the heart of the Empire State, but also that our customers will be proud to put on their vehicles,” said Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Mark J. F. Schroeder.

This has nothing to do with Empire State pride — and more to do with adding a fee to boost state coffers. The current $25 license plate replacement fee will be added to the cost of the vehicle owner’s registration renewal. Customers may also keep their current license plate number for an additional $20 fee.

Plate issuance begins for both original issuance and renewals on April 1.

Don’t get too excited.