Eliot Spitzer is moving straight ahead on the driver’s license issue, showing no inclination to bend even where there might be room for him to compromise. Here’s what he said at his press conference earlier about whether or not New York would eventually have two kinds of diver’s licenses in order to comply with federal guidelines in the Real ID Act (which has not yet kicked in):
“Seven states opted out. I do not anticipate that New York will opt out. Just the contrary. I anticipate we will do what needs to be done to comply with Real ID and that statue what we realize what that means. But we don’t know yet what that means.”
Later, Spitzer’s deputy secretary for public safety Michael Balboni tried explaining to reporters why when he was in the state Senate, he supported an initiative by then-governor George Pataki to verify social security numbers for license applicants–a proposal Spitzer is trying to overturn.
“Why we do things when we do them is all in the context of when the bill is proposed,” he said.