Paterson backs off new license plate plan

(AP) - The rallying cry of "no new plates" hasapparently reached the ears of New York's top elected officials.

Gov. David Paterson said on Sunday that he would drop support ofa plan to require vehicle owners to pay for new license plates ifstate legislators work with him to find other ways to generaterevenue.

The license plate plan announced early this year had been expected toraise $129 million by requiring vehicle owners to pay $25 to buy new platesstarting next year.

The idea was immediately met with scorn by New Yorkers acrossthe state.

Thousands signed an online petition at to protest the plan.

Democratic and Republican leaders of the Assembly say they willwork to repeal the measure passed in April.

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