Ever since 1777, when New Yorkers elected Brigadier General George Clinton as the first governor of New York State, it’s hard to find a governor who could match the record established by Andrew Cuomo in ripping down thousands of signs, either because the federal government ruled them illegal, as in the case of the “I Love NY” signs erected by him, ostensibly to help improve tourism in NYS, but with the ulterior motive to promote his re-election bid, or by ripping down the vast number of TZ signs to pave the way for their replacement by his self-serving Cuomo signs.
In the former case, the federal government has threatened a 14 million dollar fine if these signs were not removed by the end of the summer, due to the distractions they were causing drivers on the New York highways. Of course, the New York State taxpayers would have to foot the bill for the creation, installation and removal of all of these dangerous signs in addition to the 14 million dollar fine…all in the interest of promoting Andrew’s re-election bid!
However, these taxpayer expenses are dwarfed by those in the latter case, which involve not only the removal of a vast number of Tappan Zee signs, but also the creation and erection of the Cuomo signs to replace them.
All of this timed perfectly to offer free advertising, paid for by the NY taxpayers, to help re-elect Andrew Cuomo!
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