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Illegal Fine Posting Could Net Triple Fines

Councilman Mark Weprin, D-Oakland Gardens, seeks to stamp out unsightly fliers.

With election season in full swing, Council Member Mark Weprin D-Oakland Gardens, is tackling one of the more cosmetic blights of dirty campaining: illegal signs.

Wepin wants to triple the current fines for posting signs illegally on public property. His office says they can be distracting to drivers and strain City resources to remove.

Bayside activists were so irritated by one large sign that remained up weeks after last election cycle, that two of them wrestled a large sign down from a public post themselves.

“When signs eventually fall off, they can create a hazard, as the nails used to affix them are exposed; the signs litter our streets, gardens and parks," said Frederick Kress, coordinator at Citizens Against Graffiti Everywhere, adding, "It’s just another form of graffiti that is bringing down the quality of life in our communities.

“The number of illegal signs is multiplying, and we must increase both fines and enforcement to discourage this pattern from continuing,” said Weprin.

It is currently illegal to post stickers, advertisements or fliers on telephone poles, lamposts or other public property.

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max May 22, 2012 at 12:04 PM
How many fines were collected from politicians under the current rate? They get a free ride. It is just an election time grandstand by Weprin.
Gary R. May 22, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Exactly. And if the government (including Weprin) continues wasting trillions of OUR tax dollars, the fines will continue to rise for the smallest of infractions. If you get caught spitting on the sidewalk, the fine will be enough to bankrupt your family. The citizens are a never-ending money source for politicians' incompetent performance and monumental waste. Throw all the bums out.
vinny May 22, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Thats a great point these sign create the same nuisance as grafitti.. I know I dont want to see them! http://jokeofthedayblog.blogspot.com
Harriet Brown May 24, 2012 at 07:52 PM
What about all the illegal posting done by the Bloomberg campaign? It was bad enough that he bought himself a third term. But, does he think that laws don't apply to him? He made sure that his opponent's campaign was fined for illegal posting, though.

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