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AGREEMENT ON POLITICAL SIGNS LARGELY IGNORED

Political campaign signs have cropped up like dandelions on North Tonawanda front lawns despite a "gentlemen's agreement" to ban them.

Alderman Leonard J. Wudyka told the Common Council it may have to adopt a local law to control the sign litter since few candidates are abiding by the agreement.

Candidates conveniently forget about removing their campaign signs from lawns after election day, he said.

Wudyka suggested the possibility of fining candidates who do not remove their signs within 48 hours of Election Day.

The gentlemen's agreement is not legally binding, and some opponents say the ban violates property owners' rights.

Two candidates who have publicly announced observance of the ban are City Attorney Jeffrey N. Mis and Alderman Douglas O. Jayne of the 4th Ward.

They said they are donating the money they would have spent on signs to the North Tonawanda United Sports Association, a high school sports boosters organization.

Mis was a broker of the no-lawn-sign agreement between major political parties back in 1991.

After Tuesday's session, Council President Daniel J. Cudzilo met with city officials and merchants to discuss self-help plans to beautify and rejuvenate the downtown business district.

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