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State DMV marks 50-year history with celebration

Barbara J. Fiala, commissioner of the state Department of Motor Vehicles and chairwoman of the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, cuts the cake at the Department of Motor Vehicles' 50th anniversary celebration at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on Wednesday.
Photographer: Stacey Lauren-Kennedy
Barbara J. Fiala, commissioner of the state Department of Motor Vehicles and chairwoman of the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, cuts the cake at the Department of Motor Vehicles' 50th anniversary celebration at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on Wednesday.
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The state Department of Motor Vehicles turned 50 on Wednesday. The occasion was celebrated with an anniversary event at the Empire State Plaza, with a display of 25 vintage vehicles from when the agency was formed in 1961 to a present-day Smart Car. There were also DMV history exhibits and displays of agency memorabilia. “We wanted to celebrate the 50th anniversary and talk about how the DMV has grown,” said Commissioner Barbara J. Fiala. “Originally ...

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