By Frank Parlato
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is in a battle with federal highway officials over state-funded “I Love New York” billboards scattered along highways in New York State.
The signs are meant to inform motorists about a state-funded phone app which guides people toward state selected tourist attractions and businesses.
Federal officials say the signs pose a threat to motorists with poor self- preservation instincts who might download the app while driving.
Initially New York State officials told the public that the signs cost taxpayers $1.9 million. The controversy with the feds however stirred inquiries by the media and subsequently the state admitted the cost for the signs was $8.1 million. In this instance the state was 400 percent off in the numbers they initially told the public.