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Feds not feeling the love for NYS signage

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Not everyone loves those "I Love NY" signs. New York's top transportation official will be traveling to Washington to discuss an ongoing dispute with federal officials over the signs.

Federal officials say the signs violate signage rules and could distract motorists. They are also concerned that the state-run Taste New York stores in highway welcome centers may run afoul of rules governing commercial activity at rest stops.

A spokesman for the Federal Highway Administration says agency Administrator Greg Nadeau is scheduled to meet with state Department of Transportation Commissioner Matt Driscoll next month to discuss the conflict.

The state defends the signs and welcome centers as successful ways to market tourism and locally made products.

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