From the NY Post:
The controversial plan to require state motorists to spend $25 for new license plates they don't want appeared to be dead in the water last night.
Gov. Paterson said yesterday that he's willing to reconsider the fees he wanted to charge for new retro blue-and-gold plates if lawmakers can come up with ways to save the $129 million Albany would have collected by forcing people to purchase them.
Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) said yesterday he and Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) are ready to repeal the mandatory license-plate replacement.
"The plan to issue new license plates for all vehicles will not go forward," Silver said in a statement.
"We understand that the governor is committed to this repeal, and we will work with him."