Andrew Cuomo is at the center of two apparently unrelated stories these days.

The one getting the most attention is the trial of one of his former confidantes, Joe Percoco, on the type of corruption charges we have gotten used to in Albany — influence peddling, no-show or, my new favorite, “low-show” jobs for family members, abusing connections to get favors for clients.

So far, there is no evidence that the governor did anything illegal.

But we are getting confirmation of something that has been obvious for a while, something now certified by testimony in court.

If you were known as one of the governor’s guys, you could order people around, because in Andrew Cuomo’s New York, you do what Andrew Cuomo tells you to.

Hold onto that thought and consider the other story, the removal and imminent replacement of those roadside signs urging you to go to the I Love New York website for information.

The governor ordered 514 signs installed around the state, paying overtime, using emergency contracts, wasting $8 million, not counting the work that did not get done while crews were kept busy on his pet project.

He even knew the signs violated federal regulations, because he had been warned.

But in Andrew Cuomo’s New York, you do what Andrew Cuomo tells you to. He wanted signs. He got signs.

Now, the state has been docked $14 million by the feds, and we’re not through yet.

The governor and his people are now saying something that they did not say before, that this was just an ad campaign that has run its course, that they were always going to take them down anyway, and that now they will be replacing them with signs that do meet the federal standards, so there should not be any more fines.

What there should not be are any more of those useless signs.

They don’t tell you where to buy apples or get a cup of coffee, where to find a toilet or buy a lottery ticket, where to see a waterfall or a Revolutionary War site or do any of the other things that people do in New York.

They give you a web address, something that could have been done in the terminal at Stewart International Airport instead of along the highway, where a cluster of signs invites drivers to pull out their smartphones and take their eyes off the road.

If the governor really wanted to show people how great New York is, he could have followed the example that neighboring Vermont has set since the late 1960s and promoted fewer signs, not more.

In Vermont, a bipartisan coalition decided decades ago that if you come to a place known for its scenery, you should be able to see it.

It banned billboards, setting an example that Maine, Hawaii and Alaska — all known for scenery — soon followed.

Uniform travel information signs provide the kind of information visitors can use to get where they want to go or, even more fun, where they did not know they wanted to go.

And they do this while they reduce visual clutter, as they like to put it.

That’s what happens when leaders talk to real people, listen and work together.

It’s not what happens in Andrew Cuomo’s New York.