Looking to offer kickboxing or guitar lessons? Not on our poles, says Brookhaven


Town Hall Notes

The yard sale from April. That lost dog that was later found.

We don’t need to hear about it anymore.

And if you’re looking to pave a driveway or offer guitar or kickboxing lessons, post such services to Craiglist or Facebook.

Because, according to Brookhaven Town, it’s illegal to paper utility poles and other parts of town.

So this month, highway department crews combed sidewalks and grassy medians from Mt. Sinai in the north to Mastic in the south, removing thousands of illegally placed signs from public right-of-ways, roadsides, utility poles and other areas.

The crews filled up a fleet of dump trucks with trash in a move led by Highway Superintendent Dan Losquadro and hailed by town Supervisor Dan Panico and the entire Brookhaven Town Board.

Such signage is in violation of the town’s illegal road sign law, which was upheld in 2014 by the New York State Court of Appeals, which unanimously reversed a lower court decision that had ruled the town law was unconstitutional.

The court found the Brookhaven Town sign code “directly serves the town’s valid interests in traffic safety and aesthetics,” according to town officials.

The legal flap stemmed from an appeal filed by a Holbrook business after the company pleaded guilty in 2012 to charges that it had illegally posted advertising signs on public land along a town highway in 2011, town officials explained.

After the 2014 ruling, the proposed strengthening of the town’s existing code to ban all signs on public right-of-ways was unanimously adopted by the Town Board.

Since its adoption, the town has collected thousands of illegal signs for disposal.

These were just the latest.

Top: Highway crews undertook another roundup of illegal signs, filling up a fleet of dump trucks with trash. (Brookhaven Town courtesy photo)

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