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Resident Asks New Castle Board to Change Sign Laws

NEW CASTLE, N.Y. - Chappaqua resident John Ehrlich went before the New Castle town board on Wednesday asking for a change to the current political sign law. No signs are currently allowed on public property or in the town's right-of-way.

"Sometimes democracy is not pretty," Ehrlich told the board. "We know elections signs are not as nice to look at as trees and flowers, but it's important and it's an intrinsic right and privelege of each and every New Castle citizen."

Ehrlich believes prohibiting the placement of signs affects the candidates' ability to properly promote themselves and the issues during the campaign season. At the meeting he proposed new language for the law in hopes that it will be adopted before the 2012 presidential election.

"Any signs placed in an area of property that is owned and maintained by the Town will be removed except for election, referendum or significant zoning change signs which may be posted 60 days before any election, referendum or decision in the specific areas of the Town voting or affected by the change," read Ehrlich's proposal.

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