Updated: July 21, 2020 10:15 PM
Created: July 21, 2020 05:15 PM
SARATOGA SPRINGS - The signs are the work of longtime Saratogian and racing fan Bob Giordano.
He got the idea one morning, the perfect accompaniment to the four Stop signs outside his house, signs that say "Tiz the Law," when read by drivers, it says "Stop, Tiz the Law."
"This is a good thing in a bad time," he said Tuesday.
Giordano and his wife, Michele are big contributors to the community, and are said to have a direct line to Santa and Mrs Claus.
The couple was surprised when the city took the down and took them away after just three or four days of being up, saying they didn't belong on city property. It's the same property Giordano mows and plants flowers.
"I'm sorry it became an issue, I'd like to work with the city."
Public safety Commissioner Robin Dalton says late Tuesday she'll listen to any compromise suggestions.
"I will defer to the public safety commissioner, but I think as a council we can come up with some type of compromise, maybe we can put the signs somewhere else," said Accounts Commissioner John Franck.
In the meantime, the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce is adding #TizTheLaw to posters reminding people to be safe, running with an idea first conceived by Giordano.
"Now we're trying to adapt that into a way that is legal and also promotes health and this great local horse," said Todd Shimkus, president of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce.
Even if the city didn't like it, some people do, they're being sold locally as a way to raise money for the new backstretch childcare center at the track.
$12.50 of the $25 cost of the signs is donated to the Belmont Child Care Association.
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