Friday, November 13, 2009

New license plates in the pike

From the NY Times:

New York drivers will start paying for new license plates next year — whether they want to or not.

The new, highly reflective plates will be made at a men's prison upstate.

Beginning in April, car and tractor-trailer owners alike will have to shell out $25 for spruced-up license plates, by dictate of state leaders coming up with new ways to wring out revenue as an unprecedented budget shortfall looms.

The new plates, featuring a bold new gold hue and a highly reflective surface, will make the roads safer and “reflect New York’s force and its resilience,” according to the state’s commissioner of motor vehicles.

They will also generate $260 million in revenue and create more than 100 jobs — at the maximum security prison where inmates make the plates for up to 42 cents an hour.

Despite such benefits, some New Yorkers say the mandatory fee is an unfair tax on drivers already facing tough times. And, they wonder, what exactly is wrong with the plates right now?

53 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't forget to send a "thank you" letter to Moby Stavisky!

Here are the coming fee schedules per Frank Padavan's website:

www.nysenate.gov/press-release/democrats-state-budget-increase-dmv-fees-starting-today

Thank you Frank for keeping us in the loop.

Anonymous said...

"The new plates, featuring a bold new gold hue and a highly reflective surface, will make the roads safer and “reflect New York’s force and its resilience,” according to the state’s commissioner of motor vehicles."
+++++++++
omg/LM@O ! most likely specially treated to facilitate photos at all those red light camera sites...inspite of them saying they're more reflective--

Mr. Angry said...

Why don't they just stick their hands in our friggin' pockets, or better yet, stick a gun to our heads? These legislators are nothing but a lyin' and thievin' pack of scoundrels. I'm so glad that we have an alert media to keep our democracy alive. Would you like to buy a bridge in Brooklyn? I could get it for you wholesale!

Anonymous said...

Pretty much the same frekin plates we had 20 years ago. Why did they ever change them?

Here is a novel idea for politicians. You want to change such things? You pay for them out of your own damn pocket!

Anonymous said...

actually, owning the brooklyn bridge would be pretty awesome. slap a coat of paint on there, maybe buld a killer deck, get a grill. it could be something.

J. Liu said...

actually, owning the brooklyn bridge would be pretty awesome.

Meet me at the corner of Roosevelt and Main at noon. Wear a carnation so I can recognize you.

Anonymous said...

Why change them? 1)Costs them like $5 to make/deiver etc the new plates, they charge you $25 - profit
2)They change the plates every decade or so to get "Old" plates that are no longer valid off the road - 2 years from now, if they see a blue & white plate on the road, they know it's bogus, you get yanked

Anonymous said...

I remember plates like that when i was a kid so they aren't very new at all.

faster340 said...

Instead of creative cost cutting and proper management of the current budget they just stick it to the masses to pay for it...

-Joe said...

“reflect New York’s force and its resilience,”
------------------------
Hahahahh what BULLSH*T
Its a Trojan Horse, (RF Id ferrite paint)

Its A dry run for the new 2nd generation RFID plate scanners that can read over 300 cars per second.
(traffic violations already uses optical scanners on the boot trucks)
These are being installed everplace.
If this works NYS is going to track and bill your auto regestration by where and how much you drive.

Anonymous said...

Should have invested the $$ in Registration Stickers that actually . . . STICK. Morons.

Anonymous said...

This is one of the reasons why so many people are moving out of New York. Everyone is tired of being nickled and dimed. Wait until next year when the city and state and MTA are crying poverty again. I don't think there is anything left to tax, but I'm sure they will find something. Bloomberg and Patterson will probably give their staffs pay increases again.

primadonna said...

KInda reminds me of the old license plates from years ago.

georgetheatheist said...

primadonna/italian "girl":

La donna e mobile
Qual piuma al ventro
Muta d'accento - e di pensiero
Sempre un amabile
Leggiadro viso
In piantro o in riso - e menzognero.
E sempre misero
Chi a lei s'affida,
Chi le confida - mal catuo il cuore!
Pur mai non sentesi
Felice appieno
Chi su quel seno - non liba amore!

primadonna said...

Okay I read Italian fairly well, but this went over my head.
Sorry.

georgetheatheist said...

"La donna e mobile" THE famous aria from Verdi's opera Rigoletto. Check out "La donna e mobile" on Wikipedia and you can hear Enrico Caruso sing it.

Translation: "Women are fickle"

Referring to the change in your name

Dirty Old Man said...

primadonna is 88? Gee golly gosh. Doesn't look a day over 90!!?!!?

;-)

xoxoxoxox

Anonymous said...

And still no 9/11 memorial plates!?!?!? The politicians in this state suck!

primadonna said...

george:
I don't listen to Opera because it puts me to sleep.
And don't know about other women, but I certainly am "fickle" and will likely change my name again in the near future. Mix it up a bit. More fun that way, isn't it?

dirty "old" man:
I look WORSE than 90. More like 100. Time has not been kind to me.
;(

primadonna said...

george:

You want some REAL music?
Check it out...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uDixD4tXXU

Dirty Old Man said...

dirty "old" man:
I look WORSE than 90. More like 100.

Mmmmmm. I like 'em young! Wink Wink
(Never too old to flirt!)

georgetheatheist said...

"I don't listen to Opera because it puts me to sleep."

Then you're not Italian.

Enrico Caruso singing "La donna e mobile" over a degenerate "songstress" Cascada? Are you kidding me?

BTW, I am an accomplished Ballroom/Latin dancer. Those dancers in that video are not dancing. It's just gyrating.

Queens Crapper said...

Awesome. Let's have a Queens Crap talent show!

georgetheatheist said...

You're on.

The Elite Palace.

(www.elitepalaceny.com)

primadonna said...

"I don't listen to Opera because it puts me to sleep."

I also don't listen to opera because I'm not 65 years old unlike perhaps you. :)

"Then you're not Italian."

Make no mistake, I am. In fact Sicilian.

"Enrico Caruso singing "La donna e mobile" over a degenerate "songstress" Cascada? Are you kidding me?"

You didn't like my selection?!? Okay here's something more your speed. Check THIS out..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACm9yECwSso

"BTW, I am an accomplished Ballroom/Latin dancer. Those dancers in that video are not dancing. It's just gyrating."

Don't know what to make of that one.



"Awesome. Let's have a Queens Crap talent show!"

Let's go!

georgetheatheist said...

Hey Eliza Doolittle.

Siciliani non sono Italiani.

Lady Gaga? Where's the barf bag? I wanna gag-gag.

At the party, I'll teach you a basic box step. Good for Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, and Bolero.

Sincerely, Henry Higgins

primadonna said...

Dirty Old Man said...
"Mmmmmm. I like 'em young! Wink Wink
(Never too old to flirt!)"

No way! Depends on WHO you're flirting with. Old guys flirting with young women?
Now THAT's gross.

primadonna said...

george:

"Siciliani non sono Italiani."

You wish.

Didn't like Gaga? Okay I gotta think of something more appropriate. I need some time.

Henry Higgins?
Oh dear, pull yourself out of the sixties, will ya?

Dirty Old Man said...

No way! Depends on WHO you're flirting with. Old guys flirting with young women?
Now THAT's gross.

My dear...now you claim to be 100? Hardly a spring chicken or have you been lying to the Queens Crap community? Can we assume that you are having an identity crisis? Oh, and one more thing...what part of "dirty old man" do you need to have explained?

Boa Constrictor said...

Leave primadonna alone! She's my main squeeze.

Dirty Old Man said...

Boa Constrictor said...
Leave primadonna alone! She's my main squeeze.


You're a real snake (He said using poetic license! Is there an increase in the fees for that too?).

Anonymous said...

Sicilian?

Mamma mia....everything but Italian....anything but Italian!

georgetheatheist said...

Italian "girl" sez "I don't listen to Opera..." then she uses an operatic term to characterize herself - "primadonna".

Dirty Old Man's Father said...

Italian "girl" sez "I don't listen to Opera..." then she uses an operatic term to characterize herself - "primadonna".

Hey George, I think that "primadonna" drank from the fountain of youth. Otherwise, how would you explain retrogressing her age from 100 to 20 in 3 hours? Where can I get some of that (I am referring to the beverage)?

primadonna said...

george:
"Italian "girl" sez "I don't listen to Opera..." then she uses an operatic term to characterize herself - "primadonna"."

Yeah, so.
And I will change it again so stay tuned. We need some way to keep stories about overdevelopment and "tweeding" interesting, right?

Oh and george I found another song for ya. Before you mentioned "rumba" and this came to mind. (And don't get any ideas from the title). Just another one of my favorite "dance" songs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFryG9ON7Tw

Dirty Old Man's Father:

You see! You keep looking at my profile. I'm keeping things fun. How do you ANY of that info is truthful? BTW I'm 50 now.
Hmmmm. I KNEW Dirty Old Man wasn't so "old" after all.

Dirty Old Man said...

primadonna-

Happy 50th birthday!
(at least we're within the same decade---hubba hubba)

Dirty Old Man's Father said...

Thanks for the link to the video pd. I was having fun until my bifocals got all steamed up! You made my day. Please enjoy yours.

georgetheatheist said...

Primadope-a. That song isn't a rumba. You can however do a cha-cha to it (but it's a stretch).

:)

georgetheatheist said...

Now here's a real rumba:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PY45DkaP9Ls

(May I have this dance?)

karl said...

congestion pricing fiasco take#2 can't be far away

Dirty Old Man's Grandfather said...

George-
You better have more respect for my future granddaughter or I'm going to have to take care of ya which may get me prison time. They'll probably put me to work making license plates which is how this whole thing got started in the first place!!!

primadonna said...

georgie-poopie-head:
That's not a rumba??!

Scusa. Ho sbagliato.

I think we can assume we are on opposite sides of the universe when it comes to music and probably other stuff as well. :)

DOM:

Yikes! I'm not 50 any more. This is getting fun. Stay tuned for a photo of myself.

DOMF:

So sorry. Hope I didn't give you a heart attack Pops. Take it easy there. It's not the fifties any more. Women wear a lot less today than they used too.
;)

primadonna said...

DOMG??

WTF?

LOL

Dirty Old Man's Grandfather said...

DOMG??

Good jeans, although I prefer chinos!

primadonna said...

"Good jeans, although I prefer chinos"

I'm sorry Grandpa but, what?

Dirty Old Man's Grandfather said...

jeans
jeans = genes
Sorry it went over your head. If it makes you feel any better, my grandson says hi!

primadonna said...

What, no Dirty Old Man's Great-Grandfather?
Anyway, thought old guys wore Mister Rodgers kinds of outfits...

See, I promised a photo. Am I not a true primadonna?

Dirty Old Man's Grandfather said...

What, no Dirty Old Man's Great-Grandfather?

He's busy preparing for my grandson's wedding. ;-)

By the way, thanks for posting the photo. I am very pleased that my grandson has such good taste.

georgetheatheist said...

"Am I not a true primadonna?"

Nope. As I said before you are a primadope-a.

The photo you selected is of the prima donna soprano Maria Callas born: Maria Anna Sofia Cecilia KALOGEROPOULU. Her father later changed the spelling of the name.

You are an Italian "girl". Why select a Greek? Can't you conjure up an Italian prima donna such as, let's say Renata Tebaldi?

[BTW Crapper, according to Wikipedia's entry on Maria Callas, she was born in New York City. What hospital? I dunno. It doesn't say. But it does say she was raised in, hand onto your hat, ASTORIA!!!! Do any of the readers, the primadope-a excluded, know where?)

Anonymous said...

Italian Girl/Primadonna changes her profile information more often than a baby gets changed. Whassup with that?

primadonna said...

georgie-stinky-head:

Callas was the first that came to mind especially since she was from Queens. Anyway I'm am frequently mistaken for Greek. So :P.

I will be putting my real picture very soon.

DOMG:

Hey Pops! What wedding?

Dirty Old Man's Grandfather said...

Hey Pops! What wedding?

Yours and my grandson's faux goodness sakes!!!

primadonna said...

DOMG:

A faux wedding?!

My real wedding was enough. But thanks anyway! You've been sweet.

Take care Pops! See you soon.
:)