Those signs at park entrances and on public buildings with the names of the county executive and other elected officials could disappear in Suffolk, if a county legislator has his way.

Not to be outdone, County Executive Steve Levy says he's developing a proposal to bar lawmakers from placing their names on ads promoting summer concerts they sponsor.

It's all part of a back-and-forth between Levy and lawmakers over the tradition among elected officials of posting their names outside parks, government buildings and monuments.

The exchange began June 6, when lawmakers did away with a decades-old requirement that organizations funded by the county put the executive's name on newsletters and other materials. Nassau County has no such requirement.

Levy let the measure, sponsored by Legis. Edward P. Romaine (R-Center Moriches) go into law July 7 without signing it. But in arguing for his new proposal, Levy says it's only fair that legislators lose one of their ways to promote themselves at concert series they sponsor.

Levy would prohibit legislators from putting their names on news releases, signs, banners and other materials promoting the concerts.

"How can they have the gall passing legislation stopping the executive's name from being used, when many legislators have their names on banners across Main Street in their districts, inviting people to their concerts," he asked.

Presiding Officer William Lindsay (D-Holbrook) complained of the "insignificance" of Levy's proposal and said he hasn't determined how he'd vote.

Meanwhile, Romaine is taking aim at the names of county officials, including the executive, legislators and department heads, now on public signs. Once the names of current officials are removed, no more would go up. Signs directing people to the officials' offices would be exempt.

Spokesman Mark Smith said Levy is not opposed to the measure; the county spends a minimal amount of money replacing only the name plates on the signs in the county's sign shop when elected office holders change. He said there are about two dozen such signs.

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