LETTER: Election sign controversy

Manlius mayor Serafin speaks out about election signs in the village

As we get closer to the 2013 village election, I have been hearing more and more comments, questions and concerns about the amount and size of the current crop of campaign lawn signs.

"How can a candidate have a 4'x8' billboard style sign when a village business cannot have a sandwich sign without a permit?" "Why are some of these big signs lit by flood lights 24/7 ?" "Who has the right to remove one candidate's sign from my lawn and replace it with someone else's?" "Why are signs appearing on my property without my permission?"

Unfortunately, in the village of Manlius, our sign code does not address the size, quantity and illumination of outdoor campaign signage. No permits for campaign signs are required (freedom of speech). However, the code does speak to the size a campaign sign can be when displayed in a window, it

cannot exceed 25 percent of the window.

The town of Manlius code states that the maximum political sign size is 2'x2'As we begin to work on streamlining the village of Manlius sign code, we will certainly be taking a closer look at our village campaign sign policies.

Many have shared with me that you have had a campaign sign stolen, a campaign sign switched for another candidate's, or a campaign sign placed in your yard without permission. I would urge you to contact the Manlius police department immediately.

We all have the right to express our political preferences. Signs are part of that expression and those preferences must be respected whether we agree with them or not. But remember in the final analysis, signs don't vote. You do. And no amount of under-handed sign manipulation, vandalism or removal can change that.

Vote March 19th at the Village Centre from 6 am to 9 pm.



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