Brooklyn, NY - Billboard Companies Big Donors To Councilman Who Advocates Looser Regulations
Brooklyn, NY - A city councilman running for public advocate took campaign contributions from billboard companies just days after publicly demanding looser regulations on the industry, The Post has learned.
Councilman Bill de Blasio (D-Brooklyn), one of six public-advocate candidates this year, took in $8,000 from billboard companies a few days after he called [reported by VIN News here] on the city to ease the reins at a City Hall press conference, campaign records show.
During the January conference, de Blasio criticized the city for what he called an “unreasonable crackdown” on outdoor-advertising companies.
At the time, he said the Department of Buildings “overzealously targets outdoor advertisers and grossly overpenalizes them for nonharmful violations, while serving comparatively smaller fines for numerous potentially life-threatening violations.”
“I am proud to support local businesses,” de Blasio said yesterday through spokeswoman Gwen Rocco.
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