This story is not formatted like a typical hard news story. There is no direct lede that describes the "news". Rather, what should be the lede comes in the second paragraph.
Also, there is very little sourcing. The first official name that is mentioned and quoted isn't until the fourth paragraph. The story seems more like an editorial or a drawn out feature...but then again, this is the New York Times.
My last critique is of the content. I think there are two stories here: one about the law change and the other about granting illegal immigrants driver's licenses. They are both very newsworthy, but when condensed into one larger story, they lose impact.