From the NY Post:
A slew of zoning violations worth $32.7 million in fines has been doled out to owners since the city started cracking down on illegal signs and billboards by highways five years ago.
But of that total, just $4.7 million worth of summonses have been settled.
That leaves a big chunk of change -- $28 million -- still either in judgement or awaiting adjudication.
And now, officials are tired of waiting for the cash to come in.
"We have reached out to the businesses, used outside collection agencies and searched for seizable assets in an effort to resolve these debts," said Finance Department spokesman Owen Stone.
A single violation can reach $25,000 -- and some signs are slapped with multiple violations.
The city and the billboard industry have been battling for a decade over enforcement of regulations that prohibit billboards within 200 feet of a park or highway.
It's still in litigation.