The 2010 New York state license plate was unveiled yesterday. Anyone over the age of 30 recognizes the return of the amber/gold color scheme.
We haven't seen this color on a New York license plate since 1986! Bloggers and commentators are just adding their opinions now. When I saw the press release mockup (above) I laughed out loud. I had childhood flashbacks of seeing all the amber license plates on the backs of German and Swedish cars in Wellfleet and Truro, Massachusetts every August.
The state is unable to spin why they want all 12 million registered cars to change their plates - the state simply needs the money. If this goes forward, the state will generate $129 Million in revenue. And obviously this has triggered a political controversy for the increasingly doomed Governor David Patterson.
NY1 reports this morning that Governor Patterson will 're-consider' the plan. We'll see how this goes, but for now, I have to assume that the old Empire Gold plates will be returning sooner or later. The 1980s revivial is not quite finished, apparently.