From the Creedmoor Civic Association:
"Are you tired of picking up circulars from in front of your house several times a week? Isn't it distressing to find a dozen packages of advertisements sitting on your front steps, on your front lawn and the sidewalk when you get back from a few days' vacation, knowing that it's a tip-off to even the most amateur burglar?
The tossing of unsolicited and unwanted advertisements onto our private properties has been a long-time complaint of many residents of NY City, especially Queens. Several legislators have attempted to pass laws prohibiting this, but these usually fail to pass First Amendment challenges.
A bill (#S.3420) has passed in the NY State Senate addressing this problem. It would require the placing of a small sign on your property stating that you do not want these unsolicited circulars. State Senator Frank Padavan, who is a sponsor of this bill, says that this bill, as written, will not be in violation of the circular distributor companies' "First Amendment" rights, since this will not prevent the delivery to those who want them.
This piece of legislation, called the "Lawn Litter Bill," has passed the State Senate and has gone to the State Assembly (Bill #A.6247). Unfortunately, for the past three years, bills that were very similar to it failed to be passed in the Assembly.
You can change that. You can help by printing out this simple, one page petition, and mailing it to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. He needs to know that YOU feel it's a big problem and you want it solved once and for all.Let your neighbors know also. For the price of a stamp and a few minutes of your time, you can make a difference. Even if you're not a homeowner, do it for your neighbors. If you're a NY State resident, or are in any way affected by these ads (they can be dangerous on rainy days), let the Speaker know now!
A PDF of this one-page petition is available here.
This needs to be sent out very soon, before the Assembly closes its session in the next three or four weeks.
Councilman Tony Avella introduced similar legislation in the NYC Council last year, and Simcha Felder did this year, but both of them got put on the back burner because the other council members have bigger priorities, like banning metal baseball bats and taking overseas junkets.