March 4, 2011

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Bicycle license plate proposal pulled

ALBANY – A proposal by a New York State assemblyman from Queens to require bicycles to have license plates and charge for them has been taken off the table.

Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D-Jackson Heights) had proposed charging $25 the first year for all bikers, regardless of whether they were recreational or commercial, and $5 every year thereafter. He saw his plan as another revenue enhancer for the cash strapped state.

There was a large outcry from among fellow legislators, including Assemblyman Joel Miller (R-Poughkeepsie), who said that doesn’t go to the heart of budget issue.

“The problem isn’t overtaxing. The problem is overspending, and for those people who keep looking for more ways to gouge the public and make in New York State unbearable, they just haven’t gotten the message,” he said. “Well, I think the message finally got through, not because of philosophy, but because so many of us complained about it.”

Miller said the bike license plate proposal was a plan to “nickel and dime” the people hardest hit by the recession.

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