Regardless of federal warnings, Gov. Cuomo spent greater than $eight million to plaster state highways with “I ♥ NY” indicators touting his upstate tourism efforts.
However that invoice threatened to develop by $14 million — the penalty set by the Federal Freeway Administration, which has complained for years that the billboards are harmful distractions that violate its security guidelines.
Cuomo & Co. have ignored the FHA’s considerations since 2011, when the state first began discussing the thought. Certainly, the gov even saved including extra indicators in what amounted to a dare to the feds to do one thing about it.
Dare accepted: The FHA has now given New York till Sept. 30 to decide on amongst three choices: convey the indicators into compliance, take away them altogether or face a $14 million minimize in federal highway funding.
Late Friday, Cuomo’s Transportation Division implicitly folded, asserting that it will change all of the indicators over the summer time, “repurposing” present supplies to adjust to the federal guidelines.
The gov’s minions don’t have a lot alternative however to do as he orders. Nevertheless it appears Cuomo discovered that “my manner or the freeway” doesn’t work with the Freeway Administration.