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‘Cash-for-Car’ signs are an eyesore and something needs to be done, pol. says

31st Street Astoria

31st Street Astoria

Oct. 25, 2016 By Hannah Wulkan

The illegal Cash-For-Cars signs that can be found throughout Queens have caught the attention of an elected official.

State Senator Tony Avella, who represents a large portion of central Queens, announced his intention to take action against these signs last week after receiving many complaints from his constituents and witnessing someone putting up the signs for himself.

He took a photograph of a man putting up the signs from a tow truck, and sent them along with a letter asking for stronger action by the Department of Sanitation.

cashforcars3“Every community in New York understands how much of an eyesore these illegal signs can be. Residents have complained for years about these signs but very little, if anything, is ever done,” Avella said in a statement.

“Now that we have identified one of the companies posting these signs, I hope Sanitation can take aggressive action to put an end to this horrible trend.”

Though Avella’s district primarily covers the neighborhoods of Flushing, Whitestone, College Point and Bayside, the signs are spread all over western Queens as well.

Department of Sanitation Kathy Dawkins explained that while posting the signs on public property is illegal, it is often very hard to track down those responsible, as many of the phone numbers on the signs lead to throwaway phones.

Dawkins claimed that the Sanitation Department does take the signs down and said that the department had taken down thousands of citywide, although she did not provide a time frame or any detailed information.

Queens Blvd

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The penalty for a first time offense is a fine of between $75 and $200, as well as the cost of removal, and any subsequent offense carries a fine of $150 to $300.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s office, which primarily represents Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City, has not received any constituent complaints concerning these signs, according to a spokeswoman.

Meanwhile, Councilman Costa Constantinides, who represents Astoria and East Elmhurst, chose not to comment on the matter.

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Fines for Signs

Those signs are on every single block! Neighborhood looks like crap.
Something needs to be done before other businesses start doing the same thing.

We need the police to bring back the “Broken Windows” policy. It’s a quality of life problem.


Stop the people who throw news paper circulars, advertisements and coupons all over the place. It’s massive littering and they blow up and down the streets and in people’s yards and gardens.


I really couldn’t agree more. Those paper circulars are a nuisance- it’s litter and it’s environmentally unfriendly.


Ive have been pulling those signs by the handful along queens blvd and 43rd Avenue. I found out years ago that making a complaint to Jimmy VB office is fruitless. Directed from assistant to another to its squashed. I dont like the self promoting man–he hasnt helped the hood.


I remove them, too. Don’t be discouraged, there’s only so much elected officials can do. Everyone needs to take action.


Kudos to you for ripping them down. I do the same, takes about the same amount of energy as complaining about it.

Get real, politicians.

You know what’s an eyesore? 1916 style subway infrastructure. Stop tinkering around with blemishes when the whole thing needs to be revamped. NYC should control the subways. Not some random in Albany. No payment without representation!

1-877-kars-4-kids GREAT freakin SONG

first work to stop the huge latino crime wave (groping/thievery) and the subway platform masterbaters and then focus on these petty things. is anyone actually calling about these? this is a joke.

solve real problems

Stick to your guns

Att:tony avella- DOESN’T YOUR OFFICE HAVE MORE IMPORTANT MATTERS TO ATTEND TO? CANT YOU USE YOUR POSITION TO GET SOMETHING IMPORTANT DONE? i mean come on dont you have more important issues to deal well put your camera away and do something constructive


How about getting rid of the Mexican day laborers first. How about getting the rapist and theives off the streets

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