Contact: Joshua Fitzpatrick, (518) 455-3751
For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Statement from Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco

"Today, some shocking new details have come to light regarding Governor Eliot Spitzer's unlawful plan to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens.

It was revealed today that bogus documents have slipped through the scanning machines that the State Department of Motor Vehicles plans on using to help implement Governor Spitzer's plan.

In fact, the DMV's own fraud unit overseeing the tests found that the scanners routinely declared counterfeit identification documents as legitimate. The equipment consistently failed to distinguish phony, U.S.-issued resident alien cards and fake state driver's licenses. Even documents that clearly looked like forgeries still managed to pass review.

Perhaps most disturbingly, this is happening mere weeks before Governor Spitzer's plan to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens was supposed to go into effect.

This alarming news should send a chill down the spines of those 72 percent of New Yorkers - from all regions, all walks of life, all political affiliations - who believe that Governor Spitzer's proposal would lessen our safety and security.

New Yorkers deserve some answers regarding the DMV's equipment failure. Specifically, was the equipment purchased through a no-bid contract? And, more importantly, was the DMV going to inform the public - and if so, when - that the equipment it purchased to verify the identities of license applicants was not working properly? These are serious questions and we deserve answers."

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