New York may be letting the New York Giants have a revamped custom license plate for its Super Bowl victory, but the state is still fighting to keep a moratorium on the issuance of any new vanity plates.
The state Attorney General’s Office quietly filed an appeal in December of a federal court ruling in November that New York’s moratorium on new plates is an infringement of First Amendment rights.
The Children First Foundation has been seeking the “Choose Life” license plate from the state since 2001, saying that other organizations had been able to obtain custom plates for their causes.
But the state has fought the application and in 2004 put a moratorium on the issuance of any new custom license plates.
Below is the state’s notice of appeal. Its actual arguments are due in April.
The state Department of Motor Vehicles and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a new vanity plate celebrating the Giants Super Bowl win. But DMV officials said it’s not a new plate, only a reissue of an older plate for the Giants previous Super Bowl win.
On the heels of the Giants plate, Assemblyman James Tedisco, R-Schenectady, today renewed his call for the state to pass legislation tocreate a license plate to commemorate for the victims and heroes of 9/11.
“If the DMV can find a way to issue a Super Bowl license plate, then without question, it’s beyond time for them to provide New Yorkers with a special commemorative plate to honor the real American heroes of 9/11,” Tedisco said in a statement.
In 2006, then-Gov. George Pataki vetoed legislation that would have created 15 new license plates — including a Sept. 11, 2001, remembrance, a “Westchester Way”
campaign to fund tourism and a “Cure Childhood Cancer” campaign.
There are more than 100 other custom-plate applications that have been blocked since the moratorium was put in place, pro-life groups said.