Watertown lawmakers seek state’s blessing for digital billboards

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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – Watertown City Council has voiced its support of an ongoing effort to convert downtown billboards to digital.

There are four in total: two on Court Street and a pair on Public Square.

Those roads are considered scenic byways by New York and the state prohibits billboards on them.

However, the four were grandfathered in, but the ban halted plans last year to make them digital.

At Monday’s meeting, Watertown City Council voted three to one encouraging state lawmakers to introduce legislation allowing for the upgrade.

“This is just saying the city is going to allow it if the state allows it. State of New York still has to allow this to happen,” said Mayor Jeff Smith during the meeting.

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