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The Real Deal: Political Lawn-Signs

Updated: Thursday, April 10 2014, 02:52 PM EDT

Tis' the season for political ads, phone calls and signs!

If you're already feeling overwhelmed by it all, it's only going to get worse as we near November. 

CBS6 has been getting a lot of questions from viewers about what the rules and regulations are when it comes to those lawn signs that seem to be popping up everywhere.


Obviously, when the lawn-signs appear on private property there is nothing that can be done but when it comes to some of the coveted space in public right-of-ways, each municipality has different rules. 


In Albany, a candidate can only have a lawn-sign up for 60 days and he or she must have written permission from the City Clerk to place signs on public property.  Each sign must also have the name of a contact person printed on it, that can be called in the event the signs need to be removed. 


Not a single candidate in the primary races requested permission to put up signs on public property in the City of Albany, yet there were several locations littered with them.  "DGS (Department of General Services) usually takes a few days to see if we've heard back from the candidates and then they remove the signs.  I know they have been actively removing signs in the right-of-ways," says Nala Woodard, the Albany City Clerk.


In Niskayuna, there are no rules for lawn-signs.  Town Supervisor Joe Landry says normally candidates are responsible about where they place the signs and have them picked up a week or two after the election. 


Bottom line, each town is different so if the signs are starting to annoy you or obstruct your view in anyway, call your town leader or the codes department. 

The Real Deal: Political Lawn-Signs


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