FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Meghan Bell, (203) 948-7374
1 Stew Leonard Drive
Yonkers, New York
CONTROVERSIAL “I LOVE NEW YORK” TOURISM SIGNS IS WANTED BY FAMED SUPERMARKET
YONKERS, NEW YORK (July 31, 2018) – Representatives John Faso and Elise Stefanik were joined by their four upstate Republican Congressional colleagues to urge Governor Andrew Cuomo to remove the controversial “I Love New York” signs, in the face of a $14 million fine from the Federal Highway Administration.
Stew Leonard, Jr., CEO of the family-owned Stew Leonard’s Grocery Stores, has since offered to take the signs off the state’s hands and display them in his farm-fresh supermarkets.
Stew Leonard urged the state to not let these iconic and colorful blue signs go to waste. Stew Leonard, Jr., who sells locally grown produce and goods, wants to recognize and honor the hundreds of New York farmers who supply produce, dairy, and meats, by displaying these signs for everyone to see. Stew Leonard’s wants to take the politics out of loving New York and give these signs a legal, and permanent, home.
It was recently announced that the signs are illegal and must be removed along New York State highways by this summer. The controversial signs cost New York State taxpayers upwards of $8 million to be put up for their brief, under five-year lifespan. The “I Love New York” sign program has been called “wasteful” by critics of Governor Cuomo.
Stew Leonard’s is a chain of six farm-fresh supermarkets in Connecticut and three in New York, Yonkers, East Meadow, and Farmingdale, that sells products grown and produced in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Beginning with their first store in 1969, their iconic stores have become a staple in the New York, New England community. Stew Leonard’s is supplied by 100 tri-State area farms and sells milk from an upstate New York dairy.