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DMV commissioner Andres Ayala resigns amid system issues, Governor’s office confirms

Andres Ayala Jr.HARTFORD -- DMV commissioner Andres Ayala Jr. is resigning, Governor Dannel Malloy's office confirmed Wednesday. Gov. Malloy's office called it a "personal decision."

Over the last year, the DMV has seen a slew of major issues.

Last week, FOX 61 reported that the Connecticut DMV was sending car tax bills to the wrong cities and towns.

The week before that, FOX 61 reported an issue with the DMV accidentally causing residents to be ticketed or towed for lack of insurance.

DMV Spokesman Bill Seymour says a full review is underway to determine if in fact these issues are all tied directly related to their new computer system.

Some of the other issues since August have been longer lines, and most recently, people getting ticketed and towed because of faulty notices claiming they didn’t have car insurance.

Seymour was able to resolved the car tax issue last Friday, but it wasn't easy.

“We’ve cleared up nearly 30,000 of these issues that arose and done it pretty quickly with about 18-19,000 of those in the last week and a half to two weeks,” said Seymour.

Seymour also said, “This computer system overall is working very well. But, there are going to be some issues that arise from time to time.”

Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano released the following statement regarding DMV Commissioner Andres Ayala Jr.’s resignation announced today.

“Andres Ayala tried his best at a very difficult time for the DMV. I believe he put in great effort, but unfortunately the challenges were far greater than anticipated. During his time in the state senate Ayala was a dedicated lawmaker who always worked hard to make sure the voices of his constituents were heard at the Capitol. I wish him the best in all future endeavors.”

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