According to Town of West Seneca Building Inspector William Czuprynski, it's about time the town started enforcing a policy prohibiting political signs on public property or vacant lots.
According to William Malczewski, a candidate for supervisor, the timing is a matter of politics, since Malczewski is the only town-level candidate with signs out for Tuesday's primary elections.
"The only guys who've got to run this primary, other than (county executive candidates) Joel Giambra and Jeff Baran are Malczewski and Para. How convenient that this letter comes out now," said Malczewski.
Malczewski will face Adrian J. Para, who has done little as far as signs, in the primary for the right to oppose incumbent Democrat Paul T. Clark in November's general election.
Czuprynski sent a letter dated Aug. 31 to political candidates, saying that all signs must be on private property, must not obstruct views from intersections or driveways and must be maintained. It said any sign not meeting such criteria would be removed by the West Seneca Highway Department, starting after Sept. 6.
Czuprynski said he decided the policy needed to be enforced because of increased use of signs in West Seneca.
"It just looked like they had been getting carried away," Czuprynski said. "Giambra's signs are 4 feet by 8 feet, Gorski's are 4 by 4. A lot of them are blocking views of things."
He said he had received no pressure from other officials to start enforcing the policy. In previous elections, signs were frequently placed on otherwise vacant public property.