The campaign of Republican Sen. John DeFrancisco earlier today criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo for tourism signs that failed to meet federal standards and as a result are being taken down and redone in order to avoid a $14 million penalty.

DeFrancisco, who is seeking the GOP nomination for governor, called for legislative hearings on the matter and for the money that cost various state agencies to be returned by the state Economic Development Corp.

A statement in response came from the state DOT, which once again reiterated the claim the signs were successful and knocked DeFrancisco for “grandstanding.”

“The successful ‘I Love NY’ signage campaign accomplished its five-year goal of enhancing the state’s $105 billion tourism industry,” said DOT spokesman Joe Morrissey. “Since it began, tourism has increased 18 percent and the economic impact of tourism jumped more than 20 percent. DOT makes road signs and the Senator should know that since this program was included in the budgets he voted for. We know he’s running for Governor, but this sort of nonsensical grandstanding should be left at the door.”

Updated: In a statement, DeFrancisco’s campaign questioned why a state agency was responding.

“Now we know why Joe Percoco was allowed to operate out of the Governor’s office while no longer serving on the state payroll — Andrew doesn’t believe in a separation between political campaigns and the use of government resources,” he said. “Why are government employees issuing political statements in response to legitimate questions about the misuse of funds and illegal actions by the Cuomo administration? The Governor and his DOT Commissioner are delusional. They must think that New Yorkers are morons to think that they would believe that illegal signs costing $8 million increased tourism by 20%. He just can’t admit that he’s wrong. Clearly, Andrew hasn’t learned any lessons from the Percoco trial.”