A spokesperson for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office said Tuesday a controversial license plate plan is not moving forward.

Earlier this summer, the administration announced anyone with plates ten years or older would have to replace them for a $25 fee. The plan immediately received backlash from Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

Siena College also released a new poll Tuesday which showed 60 percent of respondents opposed the measure. A larger majority, 75-23 percent, think the $25 license replacement fee is unfair.

“As the DMV commissioner said weeks ago, this proposal isn’t going forward as we have committed to working with the legislature to create a plan that ensures plates are readable by law enforcement and cashless tolling systems and creates a process where plates older than 10 years are inspected and, if still readable, can be kept. Why Siena would spend its time polling outdated information is beyond me,” Cuomo Senior Advisor Rich Azzopardi said.

Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Mark Schroeder did release a statement at the end of August indicating a willingness to work with the Legislature to reduce costs and allow people to keep their license plates so long as they were in good condition. He said the governor invited legislators back for a special session to lower the fee – although many have pointed out the law only mandates the state not exceed $25 so new legislation is not needed.

Schroeder also made the governor’s argument many plates needed to be replaced in order to work with new cashless tolling technology.

Here’s what he said in August:

“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,” Schroeder said. “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.”

Lawmakers themselves seem to have been confused about whether the plan was going forward but the statement from Azzopardi is the clearest to date. The governor was in Buffalo Tuesday but did not take off-topic questions from reporters.