New law allowing undocumented immigrants to get licenses blamed for long DMV lines

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A new state law permitting undocumented immigrants to obtain licenses has caused long lines and frustration at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

At the Bethpage DMV on Hempstead Turnpike, two school bus drivers looking to renew their commercial licenses told News 12 they were waiting on line for six hours and counting.

Meanwhile, frustration also was brewing at the Massapequa DMV, where those who came out said they were cold and tired. Jim Buonagura, of Levittown, says he moved about 80 feet in 45 minutes.

"It's insane," Buonagura says. "Had I known it would be this long, I would have dressed a little more appropriately."

Others saw the line and just decided to leave.

The state DMV says it has experienced large crowds since the new law allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for licenses went into effect two weeks ago.

Rep. Mike LiPetri, who voted against the measure, blames Democrats for failing to plan for what would happen as a result of the new law.

"I don't think the state had any care about how this was going to be handled," LiPetri says. "I think the purpose of this vote was to pander to politics and to gain votes more than anything else."

Residents say they can't understand why both the state and DMV were not better prepared for the influx of people requiring assistance.

News 12 called the state DMV's press office for comment on the long wait times but has not heard back.

News 12 also reached out to Sen. John Brooks, of Seaford, but has not heard back.

 

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