It has been an ongoing battle between New York state and the federal government over those I Love NY blue signs. The government has made an official ruling just ahead of the deadline.  Over five hundred "I Love NY" blue signs are up throughout the state and the state has been penalized for keeping the signs up. The federal government has also been holding $14 million in highway funds for New York state until the signs are taken down. There has been a two year battle about these signs. Before the September 30th deadline, an agreement has been reached.

According to News 10 ABC, the government will allow for the signs to stay up if the New York department of Transportation submits a formal plan in the upcoming months. The blue signs were designed to highlight what New York state has to offer. Now they can continue to provide the tourism signs to help with historic, cultural and state attractions that are located near the highways.