From the Daily News:
The GOP-controlled state Senate wants the state to take over the licensing of billboards in the five boroughs - potentially stripping millions of dollars from the city.
"That's a sizable amount of money, about $15 million, that could be added to the [state] coffers," said state Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn).
Golden said the little-noticed billboard provision - tucked in a budget resolution adopted by the Senate this week - is a way to circumvent the city's overly restrictive zoning codes and allow more revenue-generating signs.
Bloomberg administration officials slammed the proposal as an "unwarranted intrusion" on the city's zoning authority.
"Illegal advertising signs would remain in locations where they do not belong, perpetuating visual pollution and esthetic harms," Bloomberg aide Micah Lasher told senators.