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By Thursday, Jun 21, 2018 News

Mass. RMV announces 2018 low number plate lottery

Boston — The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles has announced that applications for the 2018 low number plate lottery are now being accepted online and by mail. Applicants must apply by Monday, Aug. 27 and, if selected for a low number plate, will be notified after the drawing takes place in September.

Applications for the lottery must be received online or postmarked by Tuesday, Aug. 28, in order for the applicant to be eligible. This year, there are 201 plates that are available through the low plate lottery. Some of this year’s low plate characters are 1400, 2558, 4J, Y4, 55Z, 77V, and Z81. Applicants should note that there is no fee to apply, but each applicants who is selected as a winner will need to pay the required new license plate fee as well as a standard registration fee.

Customers are encouraged to visit the RMV’s website or follow the RMV on Twitter for upcoming details on the drawing, including the date, time, and location of the event. By law, winners must be announced by Saturday, Sept. 15, and the names of the winners will be posted on the RMV website.

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Rhodes launches ad focusing on students and gun safety

Kingston, N.Y. — Gareth Rhodes, who was Monday endorsed by the New York Times to take on Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, in New York’s 19th Congressional District Democratic primary, released an ad focused on the high school students who are standing up in the wake of Parkland and other school shootings. Althea Brennan, a junior at Chatham High School who is featured in the ad, helped lead her school’s walkout to protest the lack of gun safety reform. Faso demeaned the actions of Althea and her fellow students as a “loss of valuable academic time.” The ad will be running in heavy rotation on local cable networks (excluding Sinclair-owned networks), as well as across social media leading up to the Tuesday, June 26, primary.

Said Brennan: “There have been 23 school shootings in 2018 alone. And hundreds of others die every week because of gun violence. In an age where students like me are scared to go to school, wondering if our high school will be next, we need leaders who will stand up to the NRA and fight for change. Even though I’m not old enough to vote yet, Gareth has made time to listen to me and other students, to lift up our voices, and I know he’ll fight for us in Washington.”

Rhodes, who is running to “repeal and replace John Faso,” is a former water well driller, volunteer firefighter and aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Rhodes was born and raised in Ulster County and currently lives in Kerhonkson. He recently completed his “Rhodes Trip” to all 163 towns in NY-19, and announced that his campaign will be hosting 11 town halls in 11 counties in 11 days.

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