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Serafin campaign signs violate village code

With local elections less than a week away, campaign signs are scattered throughout the village of Manlius.

While there are few guidelines on how and where local campaign signs are posted, there are size limits when they are placed in building windows. A sign can only cover 25 percent of each window, according to Planning and Development Director David Tessier. Mayoral candidate Mark-Paul Serafin and his slate of candidates have posted campaign signs that cover at least 40 percent of each window, across the empty storefront of the former Express Auto Sales on Route 92, according to Tessier.

Tessier notified Serafin on March 10 that his signs do not comply with code guidelines. He told Serafin to either remove or reduce the size of his political promotions. According to Serafin, he has 15 days to be compliant. Serafin claims Tessier did not inform him of the size limitations when he originally consulted him regarding the posting of his signage.

When questioned, Serafin initially said he had no plans to take down the signs before the March 18 elections, but has since consulted a member of the zoning board who will assist him in making the necessary adjustments.

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