Joined: Mar 17, 2005
Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 7:55 pm Post subject: NEW GRAFFITI LEGISLATION....GRAFFITI UPDATE 10/3
From Sat Oct 03, 2009 3:00 am to Tue Oct 06, 2009 2:59 am (included)
Please take a moment and read about new graffiti Legislation that was passed by the City Council.
This will make it easier for us to do cleanups.
If there is a tagged building in your area you can now report it. If the owner does not clean up the site in 35-50 days we can go out and clean it.
We no longer have to wait for a waiver from the property owner.
We will now be allowed to clean up sites that we were prohibited from cleaning before.
We thank the City Council for passing this legislation and would like to thank our Council members for supporting it.
We were out today cleaning up an additional 20 locations in the 122.
To date 525 of the 622 reported sites on Staten Island have been cleaned with 322 of them completed by Where to Turn. (See attached)
If you have a tagged building in your area report it to the Mayor’s Office through 311.
GRAFFITI REMOVAL LEGISLATION
City property owners will no longer be required to sign a waiver allowing the city to clean their buildings. The city will clean graffiti off of buildings unless an owner objects. Under the improved system, the city will send notices to property owners whose buildings are marred by graffiti and the property owners would have 35-50 days to clean their building themselves, contact the city to consent to the graffiti, or remain silent, subsequently allowing the city to clean the building.
“Since 1999, when the Graffiti Free NYC program went into place, the city has cleaned over 27,000 cases of graffiti around the five boroughs,” said Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. “Simplifying the graffiti removal process today, we will make it easier for property-owners and the city to remove these eye-sores just as fast as they are sprayed on.”
“Taggers and defacers start with a big advantage: graffiti is quick and easy to get up, and time consuming and expensive to remove. And despite our best efforts year after year, I recognize that we need a new approach,” said Council Member Gale A. Brewer. “Our new and better approach is a simple idea with far-reaching implications: the City would actively engage property owners in gaining authorization to quickly remove graffiti on an as-needed basis.”
“This amendment makes my original graffiti bill even easier to enforce and will allow for a greater number of graffiti-free spaces in our city,” said Council Member Peter F. Vallone Jr. who authored the original “Graffiti Free” bill.
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