Saturday, December 3, 2011
Group wants legislation to curb illegal signs
From the Queens Tribune:
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Consider it a more traditional form of spam. On the borough’s telephone poles, lampposts, traffic lights, elevated train structures and even road signs, illegal advertisements promising a good deal or promoting a political candidate or new musician, have become a symbol of New York City life, and has led to the infamous “Post No Bills” warning on scaffolding at construction sites.
But even after the yard sale is over, the lost dog is found, or that mystery gold buyer is no longer buying, rusty staples remain imbedded in the telephone poles, and the glue from the tape has done its damage to lampposts. According to city law, it is illegal to post any type of flyer, whether a commercial ad or a lost dog poster, on any city-owned structure or tree. Now, the indecorous-looking signs are a target of a crackdown by the Dept. of Sanitation looking to get rid of the marketing eyesores that often damage city property.
On Nov. 21, Sanitation enforcement agents removed dozens of illegal signs in Ozone Park, Woodhaven and Richmond Hill in what was called “Operation Sign Off.”
From the Queens Chronicle:
Members of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association wrote a letter this week to Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) and Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), asking them to support changes to city law that would allow private citizens’ testimony to be used in prosecuting individuals or businesses who illegally hang signs on telephone poles, street lights and trees.
According to the Sanitation Department, the city cannot currently prosecute those responsible for hanging the signs if a resident takes down the paper because only a sworn statement by a city official, such as a sanitation worker, can serve as evidence.
WRBA members pointed out that city officials cannot take down the signs as quickly as residents, who pass by them far more often than sanitation workers.