Syracuse, N.Y., August 27 - Stephanie Miner called on Andrew Cuomo to take down highway signs the federal government declared illegal. The Federal Highway Administration will take away $14 million from New York if the blue I Love NY signs don’t come down.
The state has until September 30 to take down the signs, and claims it’s negotiating an agreement on replacement signs.
“New Yorkers deserve a resolution to this matter. The governor shouldn’t be playing fast and loose with badly-needed highway funds,” Miner said. “This entire debacle has shown a disregard for rules, common sense and taxpayer dollars.”
Miner pointed to the Thruway Authority’s infrastructure report, which shows a third of the Thruway’s pavement in poor condition and 500 bridges that are more than 60 years old and in need of repairs or replacement.
“As I travel the state, I see the illegal blue signs standing right next to crumbling infrastructure,” Miner said. “Fourteen million dollars can take care of at least one bridge replacement and joint repairs and maintenance on others. It can pay for about 20 miles of pavement resurfacing. It can replace and upgrade aging rest stop buildings.”
Miner has proposed abolishing the state’s economic development programs, including Empire State Development, and investing in infrastructure. She believes in using a thoughtful and pragmatic approach to public policy and problem-solving.