Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Koo and Halloran introduce sign legislation
From the Daily News:
City Councilmen Peter Koo (R-Flushing) and Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) plan to introduce a bill next week that would force shopkeepers to change their awnings if at least 60% of the writing isn't in English. The bill is intended to quell a culture clash between homegrown residents and new immigrants.
"We have to make sure people know about these stores. We want to help these businesses expand and help them attract more tourists," Koo said.
The English signage will also help cops and firefighters, Halloran said.
"Our public safety officers need to know exactly where they need to respond to and what their surroundings will be when they enter the location," he said.
A separate bill introduced this month by Halloran and Koo would allow the city Department of Consumer Affairs to close the loopholes on a preexisting law that requires key information to be displayed in English in the store.
Shopkeepers will have up to four years to upgrade their signage under the proposal.