You may have seen the “I Love New York” tourism signs that have gone up along major highways and interstates. They have been a point of some controversy because of their cost to taxpayers.
Some of the signs were damaged in the major wind storm earlier this month, which has whipped up another road sign battle. The Governor wants to repair them.
Some of the 500 “I Love New York” signs were ripped down, and now the Governor is trying to put the signs back up. Some lawmakers want the signs removed and have tax money be used elsewhere.
Millions of dollars have been spent to engineer, build, and install “I Love New York” signs across the thruway, which is why Assemblyman Steve Hawley says it’s a waste of taxpayer money.
“We have signs that were put up, according to the Federal Government, that were illegal and we spent $8.1 million which is roughly 30% of the entire I Love NY campaign on these signs,” said Hawley.
But, the New York State Thruway Authority believes the signs are very beneficial.
NY’s tourism industry generated an economic impact of $102 billion statewide while supporting more than 894,000 jobs and contributing $8 billion in taxes.
Some of the 500 I love new York signs have been ripped down from the wind storm a few weeks ago. Now, the government is trying to repair and replace these signs – something Assemblyman Hawley finds be an unbelievably ironic twist.
“We’re spending yet more tax money,” said Hawley, “not only on the labor, but additional materials and renting a crane to put them back up.”
However, some people “love” the I love New York signs
The Assemblyman wants the Governor to halt the repair and installation of these signs and use that money to repair roads and other structures that have have been damaged from the recent wind storms instead.
The Thruway Authority responded on Tuesday, saying the signs are a good investment of taxpayer money, helping to bring in billions of tourism dollars.