As the Haverstraw town’s Democratic primary heats up, more election signs are placed in the community.
All candidates and their supporters are trying to plant their signs—which is not cheap to make—as effectively as possible. But they have to watch out because their opponents are always watching where those signs are placed.
Haverstraw town Supervisor Howard Phillips called me Saturday morning, saying that Rita Louie, who is running against him for the Sept. 10 Democratic Primary, placed her election sign in front of the Haverstraw King’s Daughters Library Haverstraw village branch.
Phillips said it’s against Haverstraw village’s ordinance to place election signs on the public property.
On my way to West Haverstraw for an assignment, I stopped by to see if it’s still there. There it is.
I later called Louie, who told me that she was contacted by Haverstraw village Mayor Michael Kohut about the sign. She said one of her supporters put up the sign without knowing it’s against the village code. She took down the sign immediately, she said.
On Monday, Library Director Claudia Depkin said she was not aware of the sign being placed on the library property. She confirmed that the sign was no longer in place.