$14M in federal highway funds in jeopardy over 'I Love NY' signs
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration does not love New York. The hundreds of tourism signs the Cuomo administration installed along New York's highways could wind up costing the state $14 million in federal funding.
The Federal Highway Administration sent a letter Thursday to New York transportation officials saying the state stands to lose the funding for failing to remove the 500-plus signs.
The state spent more than $8 million to create and install the "I Love NY" signs in recent years. Federal officials told Gov. Andrew Cuomo to remove them because they were unsafe, but he refused.
DOT officials say the signs are safe and they will continue to work with FHA on a resolution to the issue.
FHA officials say the funding will be reinstated if the state complies with sign regulations by Sept. 30.