In 2011, parts of Rockland County looked dramatically different because of the number of campaign signs posted along roadways. This year, there are fewer local races and that translates into fewer signs. Where multiple candidate signs appeared last year, a single sign may be at that location this time around.
Clarkstown Code & Zoning Enforcement Officer Joel Epstein said he removes political signs on a regular basis. He said he is vigilant because the signs create litter, visual blight and traffic hazards.
“I was out around 5 a.m. this (Wednesday) morning and probably cleaned up 100 of them,” he said.
Indeed when New City Patch went looking for signs later in the day, some previously popular heavily visible spots had none or just one. Last year on Route 304, one corner that featured a dozen signs or more, this year had just one.
Epstein said he checks the state highways and main county roads but has not been removed nearly as many signs as in 2011.
“I haven’t gotten too many complaints about signs this year,” he said.
He said the town is consistent with enforcement for all types of signs.
“Our code prohibits everything from the public right of way,” Epstein explained. “It doesn’t matter what is says. Nothing is allowed in the public right of way.”
He said Clarkstown’s code is content neutral so it applies to all types of signs, not just political. He said signs are only allowed on private property with the owner’s permission.
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