Originally scheduled for April 18, the new court date has not moved Wasser from his position that this latest conflict with the borough is over free speech.
"This is a first ammendment rights issue," Wasser said. "I am an American who has a right to free speech."
After a decade and a half of fighting for variances and permits in an attempt to keep his business alive, being unable to use a sidewalk sign was the final straw for Wasser. Instead of promoting his business, Wasser changed his messaging to make disparaging remarks about the Chester Borough government.
According to Wasser, his summons proves he is being unfairly targeted.
Chester Borough zoning officer Kerry Brown said the sidewalk signs violate code 163-93 for prohibited signs as well as not meeting the historic materials and design requirements. Brown also said the content of the sign does not matter and anyone in violation was cited after warnings were issued.
Along with Wasser, Sandy Bianco, owner of Whatever on main street, was in court over a sidewalk sign.
According to Brown, everyone else who was notified for being in violation removed their signs. The only hold out was Wasser, forcing action by the borough.
"The last thing we want to do is take our businesses to court," Brown said. "We don't want that. We want to help our businesses because we want them here."