|The First Amendment vs. Village Code... Who Wins?|
September 1, 2014
The Bellport Village Code says:
“(12) Political posters, banners, promotional devices and similar signs, not exceeding four (4) square feet in the residential districts nor sixteen (16) square feet in the business districts, providing:
a. Placement shall not exceed thirty (30) days, and a period of eleven (11) months shall elapse between the last day of one (1) period of showing and the first day of the next.
b. The names and addresses of the sponsor and the person responsible for removal are identified.“
Me, I’m a good ole’ country boy.
Grew up in Queens and don’t know much about lawyerin’, but the Village Code
seems simple enough to me. You can put a sign up on your lawn for no more
than 30 days and then you have to take it down. Once down, you can’t put it
back up for 11 months which would presumably be the next election cycle. You
can’t put it up for 30 days, take it down for a day, and then put it back up
for another 30 days. Simple enough, right? Well, maybe not.