Reps support removal of ‘I Love NY’ signs

This sign near Pulaski is one of those that violate federal traffic safety codes and for which the state may have to forgo $14 million in highway aid. It is followed on Interstate 81 by by individual signs for attractions, history, Taste NY and recreation. (Watertown Daily Times photo — Perry White)

Six New York Republican congressional representatives, including Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, penned a letter on July 26 to Gov. Andrew Cuomo expressing concern about the “I Love NY” signs that line many highways in the state, according to an article in the Albany Times Union.

The federal government has said since 2011 that the signs are too big and distracting, posing a hazard to motorists. This year, the Federal Highway Administration withheld $14 million in aid from the state, starting Feb. 1. If the state removes the signs by Sept. 30, the funding will be restored, according to the letter.

Stefanik joined fellow representatives John Faso, Claudia Tenney, Chris Collins, Tom Reed and John Katko in asking Cuomo what steps had been taken to remove the 500 signs that violate the National Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, a law that was adopted by New York state as well, according to the letter.

The New York State Department of Transportation did not return several requests for comment about what progress had been made.