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NY DOT Chief To Discuss Sign Dispute With Federal Officials

New York State

New York's top transportation official will travel to Washington next month to discuss an ongoing dispute with federal officials over the state's highway welcome centers and roadside "I Love NY" signs.

Federal officials say the signs violate signage rules and could distract motorists. Federal authorities are also concerned that the state-run Taste NY stores in highway welcome centers may run afoul of rules governing commercial activity at rest-stops.

A top level Federal Highway Administration official  is scheduled to meet with state DOT Commissioner Matt Driscoll next month to discuss the conflict.

(C) Copyright 2016, The Associated Press

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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