Dollars Add Up For N.Y. Tourism Signs


BE FREE BUS SERVICE CONNECTING SUBWAYS AND THE LONG ISLAND RAILROAD TO THE AIRPORT. DISCOUNTED LONG-TERM PARKING ALSO AVAILABLE. DOLLAR SIGNS ARE ADDING UP FOR HIGHWAY TOURISM SIGNS. IT HAS MANY ASKING WHOSE BRIGHT IDEA WAS THIS? TONY AIELLO REPORTS. Reporter: IN THE RUSH TO PUT UP THESE TOURISM SIGNS, NEW YORK STATE PAID CONTRACTORS OVER TIME AND IT ADDED UP. JUST A DISREGARD FOR THE TAXPAYER AS USUAL THAT WE SEE COMING OUT OF ALBANY WHERE MONEY IS AS. GROWS ON TREES. ASSEMBLYWOMAN MALLEY ATTACK US SAYS IT’S DISAPPOINTING BUT NOT SURPRISING. WHEN TAXPAYERS ASKED HOW MUCH THE SIGNS COST, THE STATES OF LESS THAN $2 MILLION TO MAKE THEM. WEDNESDAY, THE KHAWAM OH ADMINISTRATION UPDATED THE TOTAL COST TO $8.1 MILLION. THAT’S AN AVERAGE OF MORE THAN $15,000 FOR EACH SIGN. THAT’S OUR ALL IN COST FOR FABRICATION AND INSTALLATION. Reporter: MATTHEW DRISCOLL WAS GRILLED ABOUT THE SIGNS AND A HEARING IN ALBANY. THE CUOMO ADMINISTRATION INSTALLED MORE THAN 500 OF THEM. IGNORING THE SIGNS VIOLATION OF HIGHWAY STANDARDS AND WOULD BE CONSIDERED ILLEGAL. FEDERAL RULES HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED OVER DECADES, DESIGNED TO REDUCE VISUAL CLUTTER AND DRIVER DISTRACTION. THE GOVERNOR’S PEOPLE ARE PUTTING IT BEST FACE ON THE PURSUIT. WE CONTINUE TO HAVE POSITIVE ENGAGEMENT AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING THAT

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