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Weprin Wants Tougher Penalties for Posting Illegal Signs on Public Property

Northeast Queens councilman and Jackson Heights's Daniel Dromm call for increased fines and better enforcement from the city.

City Council members Mark Weprin and Daniel Dromm are calling for greater enforcement and higher fines for residents who put up illegal signs on public property.

The Council members have introduced a bill that would triple fines for illegally posting the signs, which they say can be distracting for motorists.

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

The councilman said the signs deface public property and strain resources because the city is often left to remove them.

The Council members also called on the city’s Department of Sanitation to enforce existing rules about illegally posting signs.

“My office has attempted on numerous occasions to contact and work directly with the businesses that regularly post their signs on public property,” Dromm, D-Jackson Heights, said. “However, most have been unresponsive to and uncooperative with requests that they cease their illegal advertising.”

Patch wants to hear from its readers. Do you believe that businesses have gotten out of control in northeast Queens by posting illegal signs on public property? Post your comment in the section provided below.

max October 11, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Get the politicians to pay their fines for their signs.
A. Richard Agosta October 11, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Great idea please stop these signs. When I see them I take them and throw them out
Harriet Brown October 11, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I respectfully disagree. I can think of far worse things people do. The signs are only around election day. Besides, these laws are selectively enforced. So, they get all upset witn Thompson signs and Liu signs. But, the Bloomberg signs were all over the place; even obstructing traffic lights. We should stop making ordinary things that people do, illegal. That is what a free society is all about.
max October 11, 2012 at 10:29 PM
A free society or anarchy?
Phil Konigsberg October 13, 2012 at 06:46 AM
The illegally posted campaign signs, repeat illegally posted, are seasonal and is considered a form of graffiti, which brings blight to a neighborhood if they are not removed immediately. If these signs are posted illegally on public property a call should be made to 3-1-1 with the exact location and the Sanitation Dept.’s special removal unit will remove them and the violator will be fined for each infraction. What is actually the most flagrant of all illegally posted signs on public property are the "Got Junk" or "We Buy Cars" signs posted throughout Queens. The Sanitation Dept. unit will still remove these signs quickly if reported, however, the phone#'s on the signs are untraceable in most cases and therefore very difficult to access a fine to those responsible for the posting. Those illegally posting signs on public property are not only blighting our neighborhoods but also avoiding the cost of advertising and therefore depriving our local media outlets of a source of income that could lead to the hiring of our local job-seeking taxpayers.

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