HAWLEY CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF ILLEGAL HIGHWAY SIGNS

            As the September 30 deadline for the removal of New York state’s illegal ‘I Love New York’ signs approaches, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has called on Gov. Cuomo to obey federal requirements and follow through with eliminating the dangerous distraction before it is too late. A failure to do so could result in New York’s loss of $14 million in federal highway funding at a steep cost to the state’s already overburdened taxpayers.

            Federal highway officials have been pushing for the removal of the ‘I Love New York’ signs for over a year, citing the location and amount of text on the signs as a distracting hazard to drivers. Despite objections from Washington, the over 500 oversized signs were installed in 2017 at an $8.1 million cost to New York’s taxpayers. Now the campaign, meant to drive tourism across the Empire State, could result in an even greater cost to New York’s residents.

            Hawley has been actively pushing for the signs’ timely removal in the interest of not only New York’s finances, but the safety of the state’s drivers.

            “It is no secret that our governor is at odds with the federal government, and it is shameful for him to endanger our state’s drivers and allow this invaluable funding to hang in the balance due to this personal feud,” said Hawley. “I call on Gov. Cuomo to do what’s right for the people of New York and remove these ill-advised and distracting road signs before our taxpayers are left to quite literally pay the consequences.”

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