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The Keuka Lake Triathlon draws hundreds of bicyclists to the area each year.

Two bills have been introduced in the New York State Assembly calling for the licensing of both commercial and personal bicycles. Commercial licenses would cost $50 and personal licenses would cost $25 with a $5 annual renewal.

Another bill would require every rider to be insured and to carry an ID. County Clerks are up in arms about the potential flood of paperwork and record keeping it might require, and moms and dads across the state will be wondering if they just keep the training wheels on maybe they won't have to cough up another $25 yet.

It's not clear how bicyles from out of state would be handled.

Calling the bill "Misplaced priority," Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I – Corning) today criticized Albany’s priorities as new legislation was introduced which would place excessive and unnecessary fees on New York’s bicycle owners.

“New York is facing a $10 Billion budget deficit, we have more than 800,000 unemployed New Yorkers and New York State ranks 50th in Business Climate.  We have serious problems to address,” said Palmesano.

“Albany needs to focus its time on transforming our state government into one that is fiscally responsible and fosters a more business and family friendly economy that creates private sector jobs,” he added.