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Rensselaer County DMV Will Process All Applications

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More than a week after a federal judge dismissed the Rensselaer County Clerk’s legal challenge to New York State’s Green Light Law, Frank Merola says his office will process all applications.

Merola had opposed the law and, arguing his workers had not received proper training, sent an applicant who couldn’t provide a Social Security number to the Albany DMV.

The Republican now says the staff has watched a mandated 40-minute webinar to identify documents from other countries, and is ready to process all applications.

"So we'll see what comes in the door and now like I said, we'll make sure that we're taking a good look at everything, we'll make sure that there isn't something that's that we think is going to be fraudulent. If it is we won't be accepting anything that we deemed to be fraudulent," Merola said.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has said any county clerks who do not want to follow state law should resign.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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