FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2004
MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION PROHIBITING PLACING STICKERS OR DECALS ON BUILDINGS
Remarks by Mayor Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Law
"The next bill before me is Introductory Number 34, sponsored by Council Member Gale Brewer. This bill will prohibit the act of placing stickers or decals on public or private structures.
"Historically, Local Law 2 of 2003 expanded the act of illegal posting to include stickers under the City's illegal poster law. However, Local Law 2 did not apply to stickers attached to privately owned property or structures. Under the mandates of Introductory No. 34, the act of defacement under Section 10-117 of the City's Administrative Code will be expanded to include affixing, attaching or placing a sticker or decal on any public or private property.
"The unauthorized placement of stickers and decals on private property has been an increasingly vexing problem within our communities. This quality-of-life offense reduces property values on buildings and creates a blighted appearance in our communities. Introductory No. 34 will aid in remedying this problem by creating the deterrent of a separate civil offense for the placement of stickers or decals on both public and private properties.
"Introductory No. 34 will also add the cost of removing the unauthorized sticker or decal to the civil penalty imposed against the responsible party. I would like to thank the bill's sponsor, Council Member Gale Brewer for her assistance on Introductory No. 34. I would also like to thank the Commissioner of the Department of Sanitation, John Doherty and his staff for their work throughout the City."
Edward Skyler / Jordan Barowitz (212) 788-2958
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