Of all the complaints one hears from civic organizations, one of the most frequent is about illegal signs posted on utility poles, streetlights and the like. Apparently the fines for putting them up are not high enough; the perpetrators treat those as the cost of doing business.
Now Councilman Mark Weprin of Oakland Gardens has proposed a bill that would triple the penalties, from $75 to $225. Civic leaders across the borough are hailing the measure as a needed improvement, though some would make the fines even higher.
It’s hard to see a reason any member of the Council wouldn’t want to cosponsor the bill and get it passed immediately. How much impact it would have is impossible to say, but it just might be a deterrent, and it certainly can’t hurt.