NYC to enforce ban on unsolicited menus

NEW YORK The New York City Department of Sanitation has begun enforcing a state law that prohibits the placement of unsolicited advertising material, such as restaurant takeout menus, in doorjambs, on stoops or in other visible areas of homes.

Enforcement of the Lawn Litter Law, or Section 397-A of the New York State General Business Law, officially began on Aug. 3. Homeowners who do not want unsolicited fliers must post a sign in front of their homes that states, "Do not place unsolicited advertising materials on this property." The sign must measure at least 5 inches by 7 inches. Violators face fines of $250 for a first offense and $1,000 for repeat offenses.

The law was sponsored by state Sen. Frank Padavan and Assemblyman Mark Weprin.