Incensed Over Licenses: County Clerk's Drive to Block New Plates

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    Vehicles enter Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge August 12, 2008 in New York City

    CANTON, N.Y. -- A northern New York county clerk is carrying out an online petition drive to thwart Gov. David Paterson's plan to require all New Yorkers to purchase new license plates next April.

    St. Lawrence County Clerk Patricia Ritchie said it's an outrage to ask families and businesses to pay more for new license plates they don't need or want when they are being battered by the ongoing recession.

    Beginning April 1, the state will begin requiring new license plates for every one of the estimated 10 million cars, trucks, trailers and ATVs registered in the state at a cost of $25 -- a $10 increase over the current cost.

    Ritchie said more than 5,000 people have signed the petition in the first week to protest the new license plan.