2009-09-11 / Top Stories

Candidates Violate Parks' Rules With Campaign Ads

By Miriam Rosenberg

This ad for the re-election of Councilman James Sanders Jr. is attached to a light pole on Beach 15 Street on the promenade adjacent to the main area of O'Donohue Park. Sanders has at least two ads posted on Parks property. This ad for the re-election of Councilman James Sanders Jr. is attached to a light pole on Beach 15 Street on the promenade adjacent to the main area of O'Donohue Park. Sanders has at least two ads posted on Parks property. They're on trees, poles; anywhere there is an empty space - posters urging you to vote for one candidate or another. One place they are not supposed to be is on Department of Parks property. Yet The Wave has found several political ads displayed in O'Donohue Park on Beach 17 Street. The offenders are the campaigns of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Councilman James Sanders Jr., and Council candidate Fred Lewis.

A representative for the Department of Parks and Recreation told The Wave that candidates are not allowed to post campaign flyers on their property.

"If there is an event it is different, but they have to come down [afterwards]. It's just part of the permit [for the event]," said a Parks spokesperson.

The representative added that the ads currently there have to be removed.

Among the benches and barbeque pits of the park are posters urging people to vote for Fred Lewis. According to The Wave's count, the candidate had at least five posters on poles and trees in O'Donohue Park. Among the benches and barbeque pits of the park are posters urging people to vote for Fred Lewis. According to The Wave's count, the candidate had at least five posters on poles and trees in O'Donohue Park. Looking in through the gate that separates park property from the street, one can see the ad left by members of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's campaign. Looking in through the gate that separates park property from the street, one can see the ad left by members of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's campaign.

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