“Elizabethtown is centrally located and I agree that is where the testing should be,” Moriah Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava said.
The Elizabethtown DMV would continue to administer the written portion of the New York State driver’s test, but would no longer offer the driving portion if the plan goes into effect. Provoncha said that there has not been a timetable placed on the change, which the state said was being made to deal with numerous retirements within the driving inspector pool that were not being replaced.
In a letter to Provoncha, the state also cited safety of examiners, low volume of examinations (under 900 scheduled tests annually), travel costs from an examiner’s home station and lack of desirable elements as factors in making their decisions on what sites to close or leave open.
The state DMV said that they were open to hearing feedback from the counties affected, but that their plan was to implement the changes over the next couple of months.
DMV driving examination sites proposed for elimination include Elizabethtown (Essex); Saranac Lake (Franklin); Canton and Gouverneur (St. Lawrence); Salamanca (Cattaraugus); Delhi (Delaware); Bath and Hornell (Steuben); Ellenville (Ulster); and