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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:46 pm    Post subject: SEN LANZA TO VANDALS STOP DAMAGING OUR NEIGHBORHOODS
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Staten Island – Senator Andrew J. Lanza (24 th District) continued his fight against quality of life crimes today by introducing legislation that would increase penalties for those who damage public property. Senate Bill S.8352, establishes that a person is guilty of criminal mischief in the second degree, a class D felony, when he or she damages public property .

Last year the New York City Department of Transportation negotiated a contract for ‘street furniture’ to be installed across the City. New bus stop shelters, newsstands and automatic public toilets were built to enhance and enliven streetscape, and to keep commuters comfortable. Many of these new installations, however, have been damaged in recent weeks with people breaking the glass enclosures or vandalizing the glass with graffiti (“scratchfiti”). Last week, the bus shelter at Cunningham Road and Hylan Boulevard, a stop heavily used bus by senior citizens from the Mt. Loretto Senior Center and by students at the public school at Mt. Loretto, had all of its glass walls broken, the shards strewn across the sidewalk, benches and street. Other bus shelters in Great Kills Park and Dongan Hills have also been vandalized.

“ Whether by graffiti or any other type of damage, when public property is defaced we all pay both in terms of the cost and defacement of our community, ” said Senator Lanza. “Anyone who would maliciously cause damage to public property should be punished with strict penalties.”

Councilman Oddo said, “If people choose to destroy our community, we should catch them and throw them in jail. By elevating these crimes against all of us to felony status, maybe we can get them off our streets for a longer period of time.”
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