ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – Local DMVs have been closed since the onset of the pandemic for over a year now. Residents have been going online for their services and, just recently, they have been allowing in-person appointments to be made.
However, local lawmakers are now pushing for DMVs to reopen completely, which would allow walk ins. Assemblyman Phil Palmesano is one of the voices in full support of the move to reopen.
“From a revenue perspective, when they are forced to do online, that money goes to the state. And we have tried to encourage people over the years to visit your local DMV to help keep that revenue local. And as we know, through COVID 19, our local governments have been one of the hardest hit sectors,” said Palmesano.
On top of the lack of local revenue, Assemblyman Palmesano says another factor is the lack of convenience for the local residents.