August 20, 2019
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Prohibiting Vessels from Operating Digital Billboards in Navigable Waters

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Cuomo: "These floating billboards are a nuisance that blight our shores and distract from the great natural beauty of our waterways. This action will help make our waters more enjoyable and safer for everyone." 

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.6541A/A.8290B) prohibiting vessels from operating, anchoring or mooring in the navigable waters of the state while operating a digital billboard or other type of billboard that uses flashing, intermittent or moving lights. The bill gives local governments ability to prohibit vessels equipped with these billboards from operating, anchoring or mooring within 1,500 feet from its shores. 

"These floating billboards are a nuisance that blight our shores and distract from the great natural beauty of our waterways," Governor Cuomo said. "This action will help make our waters more enjoyable and safer for everyone."

Senator Brad Hoylman said, "Billboards belong in Times Square, not in the middle of the Hudson and East Rivers. These floating billboards are a dangerous distraction to drivers, boaters, and pedestrians, not to mention an eyesore. New Yorkers deserve to have a respite on our waterfront from the barrage of modern life. I am grateful to Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried for their partnership in enacting these common-sense restrictions into law."

Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried said, "Floating billboards are an unsightly public nuisance and public safety hazard.  They can be distracting to boaters and mar the otherwise beautiful environment of our local waterways with unwanted advertisements."

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