A statement issued under Motor Vehicles Commissioner Mark Schroeder on Thursday blasted “certain legislators” for “hypocrisy and misstatements” surrounding the replacement program for license plates starting next April.

But at the same time statement indicated a willingness to work with lawmakers and potentially reduce costs and allow people with older plates in good condition to keep them.

The proposal appears to be lifting the window to something of a way out of the controversy surrounding the replacement plan for license plates that are a decade old through a inspection program.

The DMV earlier this month announced plates that are 10 years old or older — at this point the blue and white license plates — will be replaced with a new design beginning next year. The replacement fee is $25, which was set 10 years ago by the Legislature under then-Gov. David Paterson.

The Schroeder statement reiterates what Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a radio interview earlier in the day: Lawmakers complaining about the $25 fee could always return to Albany in a special session and lower it through legislation.

“Some legislators have now expressed an interest in lowering the fee,” Schroeder said. “The Governor would like to lower the fee. If the legislators are sincere and want to lower the fee immediately, although they haven’t in the past decade, the Governor has made clear he invites them back for a Special session to do it.”

The law approved in 2009 authorizes the DMV to set the license plate fee at a rate “not to exceed” $25 — language that indicates the department could administratively change the fee itself without legislative action.

Schroeder’s statement further adds the reasoning behind the plate replace plan: The decade-old plates need to be replaced in order to for the new ones to be recognized by cashless tolling cameras. And he offers the framework of a proposal that could defuse the controversy.

Here’s that part in full:

“The second issue is to make sure license plates are in good condition especially as we are now moving to statewide electronic tolling which uses cameras reading license plates to charge tolls. If a plate is damaged or the reflective coating is degraded the camera will not work and the person will not be charged the toll,” Schroeder said.

“The revenue loss will be borne by other drivers which is unfair. The national standard by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators is that 10 years is a license plate’s useful life. It is possible that a plate may still be in good condition after 10 years but that determination would need to be made on a plate by plate basis after inspection. If the legislature can agree to a cost effective and practical plate inspection mechanism to determine what plates are still in good operating condition after the 10 year life and thus do not need to be replaced we would welcome the opportunity to be cooperative. The 10 year life replacement program does not go into effect until next April so we have time to work with the legislature to explore alternatives. We support reducing costs wherever possible.”