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: Frank J. Merola -270-4080 Greg DeJulio -270-4080 Rensselaer County Clerk Frank J. Merola has pledged not to issue any driver’s license to illegal aliens from the Rensselaer County DMV and will aggressively lobby other clerks throughout the state to follow suit. Mr. Merola’s action is in response to a legislative initiative by downstate legislative members to reintroduce the controversial program originally proposed by former Governor Elliot Spitzer. “New York City liberal politicians have chosen once again to try and force through a law that was abandoned due to the outcry by New York State residents back in 2007.” Mr. Merola said, “Times have not changed, at least for me. I pledge that I will not issue a driver’s license to any illegal alien in any Rensselaer County DMV office and I will aggressively lobby my fellow clerks to once again take up the cause and follow suit.” Mr. Merola was at the spearhead of the opposition to Governor Spitzer’s attempt to grant illegal aliens licenses through administrative fiat calling the program just plain wrong. The New York State Association of County Clerks (NYSACC) voted overwhelmingly in opposition to the proposal with a dozen other clerks following Mr. Merola’s lead and pledging not to issue licenses from their county DMVs. The widespread opposition eventually forced former Governor Spitzer to abandon his plan, something that Mr. Merola intends to see the current proponents do as well. “County Clerks operate over 100 County and Satellite DMVs throughout the state and if my fellow Clerks agree not to issue these licenses, then these illegals will have to go to state DMV centers for processing if this is passed. I don’t think this half baked proposal will pass once people become aware of what New York City is trying to do. I am sure that Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders will listen to all New York State residents, the vast majority who oppose this policy, rather than the interests of a liberal but loud minority. I am sure that they will.”