Monday, May 14, 2012
MTA-DOB billboard war
From the NY Post:
The MTA and the city are at cross-tracks over more than $1 million worth of billboards, with each side claiming it has the power to tell the other what to do.
The Buildings Department started the feud in March when it ordered the state transportation agency to remove 19 advertising signs on its properties along major highways in Queens.
Billboards put up after 1979 near arterial roadways and parks are generally illegal.
A crackdown over the past couple of years has forced private companies to yank dozens of similar signs, especially along the LIE and BQE.
It just so happens that most of the 19 MTA signs are situated along those same two thoroughfares.
But the MTA says it has special status as a state agency, and is challenging the Buildings Department’s authority.