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A smart vote against campaign signs on public property

Brookhaven Supervisor Edward Romaine on Nov. 13, 2014.

Brookhaven Supervisor Edward Romaine on Nov. 13, 2014. Credit: James Carbone

One thing you won't see much of this week in Brookhaven Town: campaign signs. And that's a good thing.

Town supervisor Edward Romaine, an ardent environmentalist, once again has set his sights on what he calls roadway litter by reminding candidates in next week's school district elections that a town law banning signs -- commercial, personal or political -- on public rights of way applies to them, too.

That means no vote-for-me placards along highways or on utility poles; private property is exempted. In their crusade against visual pollution, Brookhaven officials have confiscated more than 1,500 signs since the law was approved last year.

Oh, how we wish every municipality would adopt such a rule -- and quickly. Remember, another round of local elections looms this fall.

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