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A00525 Summary:

BILL NOA00525
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORBraunstein
 
COSPNSRDinowitz, Gottfried
 
MLTSPNSRCook, Simon
 
Amd 28-503.1, NYC Ad Cd
 
Relates to the declaration of a sign as a public nuisance and its removal by order of the commissioner.
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A00525 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A525
 
SPONSOR: Braunstein
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the declaration of a sign as a public nuisance   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To remove billboards that have been found to violate the New York zoning resolution, as well as the structures attached to them.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1: Amends Section 28-503.1 of the administrative code of the City of New York, as added by local law number 33 of the City of New York for the year 2007 to provide that the Buildings Commissioner shall order the removal of the illegal sign and its sign structure, if appli- cable. Section 2: Provides the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Advertisements on billboards throughout New York City have been removed, following stricter enforcement of a 1940 law restricting ads within 200 feet of the City's main highways. However, while the advertisements have been removed, the blank billboards and their stanchions remain. This causes a serious quality of life issue for New York City residents, as these blank billboards have become magnets for graffiti. The billboards also create a safety issue for New Yorkers. In 2012, a billboard next to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway fell onto the highway, as well as three auto repair shops below. Although this incident did not injure any drivers or pedestrians, it serves to highlight the dangers of such large signs. Current law allows the commissioner to order the removal of the signs after notice and a hearing. This bill would make the removal of the sign and stanchion mandatory after notice and hear- ing.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2015-2016: A.3634/S.4419 - Referred to Cities. 2017-2018: A. 707/S.5441 - Referred to Cities. 2019-2020: A.320/S.811 - Referred to Cities.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A00525 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                           525
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                       (Prefiled)
 
                                     January 6, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of A. BRAUNSTEIN, DINOWITZ, GOTTFRIED -- Multi-Spon-
          sored by -- M. of A. COOK, SIMON -- read  once  and  referred  to  the
          Committee on Cities
 
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  administrative code of the city of New York, in
          relation to the declaration of a sign as a public nuisance
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1. Section 28-503.1 of the administrative code of the city of
     2  New York, as added by local law number 33 of the city of  New  York  for
     3  the year 2007, is amended to read as follows:
     4    § 28-503.1 General. A sign with a surface area greater than 200 square
     5  feet  (19  m{2}) that is erected, maintained, attached, affixed, painted
     6  on, or in any other manner represented on  a  building  or  premises  in
     7  violation of the zoning resolution, this code, the 1968 building code or
     8  rules  adopted  pursuant  thereto  is  hereby  declared  to  be a public
     9  nuisance. The commissioner [may] shall, after notice and hearing,  order
    10  the  removal of such illegal sign [or] and its sign structure [or both],
    11  if applicable, as hereinafter provided.
    12    § 2. The commissioner of buildings shall immediately order the removal
    13  of any sign and its sign structure that has previously been deemed ille-
    14  gal.
    15    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD03445-01-1
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