ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) – The deadline for when I love New York signs are supposed to be down is in just a few weeks, but so far they remain untouched.
The clock is ticking and the signs, they are still here. The Department of Transportation says they are confident that they will reach an agreement before the September 30th deadline.
A spokesperson with the Department of Transportation released this statement:
“We are in ongoing discussions with Federal Highway Administration and will provide an update once we’ve reached an agreement.”
When I reached out to the Federal Highway Administration they said talks are still ongoing. A spokesperson released this statement:
“Discussions between the FHWA and NYSDOT are still ongoing. For any more specific information about the state’s plans, please contact NYSDOT”
That brings us in a full circle.
“I think we need closure here. I think we need to come to an ultimate answer and move on,” Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh (R-Ballston Spa) said.
Some lawmakers, however, believe that despite the controversy, these signs might have done some good.
“Tourism numbers are up. We’re seeing more people employed in the tourism industry. We’re seeing more revenue come to local governments,” Assemblyman John McDonald (D-Cohoes) said.
Roughly 500 I Love New York signs are not down in a couple weeks, the state will not be getting its $14 million back. There is still no word on how much it will cost to take all these signs down.
“I don’t think we really appreciated all the effort it took putting them up. I don’t know what the estimate is going to be. It’s going to take state resources which quite honestly could probably be used for something better,” Assemblyman McDonald said.
According to sources, a few of the hang-ups that might be keeping the state and the feds from coming to an agreement are the number of signs and the font.