Assemblyman Ramos Secures Funding For Graffiti Cleanup
Graffiti free zones to be established
April 15, 2010
Continuing his efforts to stamp out gang activity in the community, Assemblyman Phil Ramos (D-Central Islip) has secured $40,000 for graffiti cleanup. The money will establish an annual contract between the Urban League of Long Island and CitySolve, an organization tasked with graffiti removal. The Urban League, a non-profit, will administer the 6th Assembly District Graffiti Removal Campaign for the neighborhoods of Brentwood, Central Islip, Bay Shore and Islandia. “Aside from being an obvious eyesore, graffiti is unsettling – it makes residents feel unsafe in their own neighborhoods,” Ramos said. “And when it’s left up indefinitely, it sends a dangerous signal that people just don’t care, which then attracts other forms of crime and delinquency.” Gangs use graffiti to mark their territory and intimidate residents and rivals alike, said Ramos, a 20-year veteran of the Suffolk County police force. Armed with 12 years of experience and specially designed trucks equipped with power washers and paint sprayers, CitySolve has already identified graffiti-heavy areas and crafted a four-point cleanup plan:
- Graffiti-free zones will be established around shopping centers, including but not limited to Suffolk Avenue, 5th Avenue, Brentwood Parkway, Islip Avenue, Carlton Avenue and Union Avenue.
- graffiti-free zones will be attentively maintained with an emphasis on fast response time;
- properties targeted outside of graffiti-free zones will be swiftly tended to; and
- resident complaints will help direct cleanup crews to tagged and retagged areas.