Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Proposal increases fines for illegal signs
From the Queens Chronicle:
Councilmen Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) rallied public support on Tuesday afternoon for proposed legislation that would triple fines for advertisements illegally pasted on public property.
“Our neighborhoods are flooded with these signs,” Bellerose Hillside Civic Association President Jerry Wind said, while standing in Jackson Heights next to bags filled with advertisements collected from Queens streets. Dromm’s office plans to shred fliers at a shredding event on Saturday.
Laws prohibit the placement of signs on public property such as lampposts, trees, bus shelters and street lights, but nevertheless, businesses still do it. If caught, the advertisers are faced with a $75 fine, which could be increased to $225 per advertisement, if Weprin’s proposed amendment is approved.