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Question of the Day: Should Local Political Signs Be Banned in Southold Town?

The Southold Town Democrats are suggesting a moratorium on all political signs leading up to the upcoming local election. What do you think?

At the Democratic convention earlier this month, Democrats proposed a moratorium on all campaign signs leading up to this year's upcoming election.

Southold Town Democratic Committee chairman Art Tillman wrote in an email to North Fork Patch that he thinks the signs detract from Southold's appearance and are unnecessary expenses. 

"I believe both parties and the town would benefit from the moratorium which I strongly believe most residents would prefer not to have spread out along our roads and neighborhoods," he wrote.

In considering the ban, Denis Noncarrow, head of the Southold GOP, said that the issue is a tough one — he doesn't want to see anyone's freedom of speech limited.

"It's hard to tell people that they can't put signs up on their own lawns," Noncarrow said. "But we can come to a hybrid agreement where maybe we limit the big signs or times when the signs can go out."

In addressing the fiscal impact of political signage, Noncarrow said he feels that "here's no real issues this year."

"Southold is one of the on Long Island," he said.

What do you think? Do you think a ban or a limit on political signs benefit or hinder Southold Town?

Feel free to comment in the boxes below.

Joan June 17, 2011 at 06:13 PM
No! As long as those who put them up also take them down ~ PROMPTLY ~ once the election is over.
Doug Stares June 17, 2011 at 06:13 PM
ACTUALLY...ALL POLITICIANS SHOULD BE BANNED FROM SOUTHOLD!
Erica Wells June 17, 2011 at 06:29 PM
NO! What are we in, fascist Germany? I should be able to put whatever I want on my property that expresses anything I feel, whether political or not.
Dorothy Phillips June 17, 2011 at 06:50 PM
I agree that we should not ban the signs, however, the person/committee responsible for putting the signs in place, must also be responsible for removing same once the election is over. The Committee who circulates these signs should require that anyone who picks up signs from the Election Committee should sign an agreement that they will remove the signs and dispose of them properly, promptly after the election.
Schmoupy Juntunen June 17, 2011 at 07:08 PM
No Political Signs Ever!!! (on public property)
James Dinizio Jr June 17, 2011 at 10:48 PM
I suspect Mr. Tillman needs to find an issue that his less then enthusiastic supervisor candidate can latch on to. I ran 2 times for Town council and I can say the every person that put one of my signs on their private property expressed their support for me knowing full well some people may not agree with their choice. That's what America is all about. Oh yeah the day of the election I gathered up all my signs.
Mike Burke June 18, 2011 at 05:04 PM
Six weeks prior to an election signs may go up. Remove within a week No signs on public property! No signs larger than 8' by 16' .
Liliana Nealon June 18, 2011 at 09:54 PM
they are ugly
not a farmer June 20, 2011 at 12:37 PM
Dah! Allowing thousands of self serving signs is second in stupidity only you paying the politicians your money to increase pollution in the form of yellow plastic in the land fill. These are the idiots you elect. You deserve your sign blight. Why not let them pollute your town with political ads. My favorite is the jerk who puts 10 in a row on his lawn... Obviously pathetic. Now, try to place a sign for your cause anywhere in the town. You will need to file a request for a permit and get permission from the politicians who dont need permission to do the same. LOL...
Benja Schwartz June 21, 2011 at 01:53 AM
Political Signs are protected by the First Amendment. They can not be banned. But the size, time and placement of signs can be controlled. At least the Democrats are discussing the issue. The Republicans are happy with the status quo. To start intelligent discussions vote Democratic.
jerry June 21, 2011 at 11:33 AM
It's all fine and good to put restrictions on signs. But who's going to enforce it? Can you enforce restrictions on free speech? If Mr. Tillman can, then how come he has not had the Horton for Supervisor removed from in front of a Cutchogue landscaping business? Last time I checked, that election was years ago. What about the Marriage Equality signs that have popped up all over town. Should we remove those too? I'd like to see someone tell that business owner that the Democrats would like to take his right to free speech away from him. Hey, whether you agree with the guy or not, he is expressing his opposition to the current adminstration by putting that Horton sign up. It looks like the Democrats don't have any real issues in this election and are trying to squeeze every last drop of free publicity out of the sign moratorium.
Brad Berthold June 22, 2011 at 04:14 AM
Baloney. Homeowners can put up signs as their right. But the clowns who clutter our beautiful East End, not just Southold town, with signs on every public roadside are simply making a messy litter and visual abomination of our landscape. We all know a lot of candidates don't take their signs down in a timely manner. This has been going on for decades, and seems to be the expected irritation that comes with "silly season." Is there any evidence that these signs actually affect voting behavior, or is that just some outmoded age-old assumption by politicians? What we do know is the negative effect they have on the image of our town.

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