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Couple sues over campaign signs

Association: Lawn signs not a free-speech issue

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A Queensbury couple are taking their homeowners association to court, claiming the group trampled their free-speech rights by fining them $5 a day for putting a political lawn sign in their yard during election season. The lawsuit, filed last month in state Supreme Court in Warren County by Peter and Margaret Jasinski, continues a two-year fight the couple have had with the Hudson Pointe Homeowners Association over its sign restrictions. The Jasinskis live in a ...

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October 15, 2012
6:49 a.m.

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Homeowners associations came into existence to keep black and other non-white people from buying houses where only whites lived. They have legal means of making sure things are as they want them. They can even tell you what colors you can paint your house. You signed an agreement when you bought the house. Good luck.

October 15, 2012
9:32 a.m.

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Why anyone would WANT to live in a neighborhood where an association tells them what to do and what not to do... is beyond me! There must be plenty of houses available in the Queensbury area that are not governed by an association. I suggest that the Jasinskis sell their current home and move elsewhere where freedom of speech is protected, encouraged, and respected. I agree with safny who said you signed an agreement when you bought the house... you must adhere by the rules and regs whether you agree with them or not.

October 15, 2012
2:33 p.m.

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And in the spirit of piling on I'll add, people suing their homeowners associations for alleged free speech issues are a perfect storm of idiots.

October 15, 2012
4:02 p.m.

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Just because you decide to live in a development does not mean you lose your freedom of speech. As you read from the article, the homeowner's association is very discriminatory in regard to what signs it allows. It does allow "some" but not others. In addition, the homeowner's association makes no specification about political signs in their bylaws.

Needless to say, I will write down the name Hudson Pointe and make sure I never live there. Their attorney sounds like he needs a brush up on the law as well, so I will write his name down as well.

P.S. To the owners of the home--thank you for bringing this lawsuit as you are representing each and every one of us whose Constitutional rights have been infringed upon at one time or another. Please do not give up!!!

October 15, 2012
5:21 p.m.

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I believe that the Supreme Court has already decided this issue in favor of the owners. Check with your local ACLU.

richard harlow

October 15, 2012
10:27 p.m.

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Home owners associations often have parts of their regulations challenged and defeated in court. One can not take away another persons constitutional rights just by claiming so.
Also; a majority of the home owners may be able to have these regulations thrown out by vote or even disolve the home owners association.
Deed restrictions are often different than association regulations and by laws.
This case is by no means cut and dry.