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Deadline to remove "I Love NY" signs approaching

August 10, 2018 06:44 AM

New York State doesn't seem to need any help dealing with the illegal "I Love NY" signs that line our highways.  

The deadline to remove them is approaching fast and there's no sign that the signs are, or will be, taken down.  

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The Federal Highway Administration says it will pull $14-million in funding if the signs are not removed by Sept. 30 and those elected to represent New Yorkers in Washington may end up letting them.

NYS taxpayers already paid more than $9 million to make and erect the signs, but there are strict federal guidelines when it comes to highway signs, and the "I Love NY" signs do not meet them. 

They don't provide specific navigational information and are too cluttered and distracting. 

The FHWA says the state ignored its warnings before production and its orders to remove them once they were up so, they set a deadline for removal or $14-million in federal highway funding will be cut.  

This week, Senator Chuck Schumer told News10NBC that he hasn't been asked to intervene.

News10NBC Investigative Reporter Jennifer Lewke: "We've been doing a lot of stories about these I Love New York tourism signs that are all over the highways. The federal government has threatened to pull $14-million in funding, have you had any conversations with them (FHWA) about this debacle? " 

Senator Chuck Schumer: "No, this has been a dispute between the state and the feds. The state hasn't asked me to mix in, so I haven't. If they did, I probably would."

Both the NYSDOT and FHWA say there are no new updates to this story or their negotiations at this time. 

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