"After calling 311 to have graffiti removed from various street lamps, it was stated that currently there is no contract to remove any graffiti from street lamps by the DOT. Inquiring further, I was told that the City of New York will not remove the graffiti since the property falls under DOT. If I try and remove the graffiti myself, it is considered private property and against the law.
It makes absolutely no sense that:
1) DOT is not responsible for their own property (because it is not stipulated under contract guidelines)
2) That the City of New York will not get involved in graffiti cleanup because the property falls under DOT
3) That citizens themselves are not allowed to remove it without breaking the law.
On July 12, 2004, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed Local Law 36 amending the requirements for newsracks (Section 19-128.1 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York). This legislation amends Local Law 23 of 2002, which established a framework to allow the Department of Transportation (DOT) to regulate the maintenance and placement of newsracks throughout the City, while permitting the use of public space for the dissemination of written material.
Why is it that graffiti on a newsrack is more important then the overall appearance of street lamps?" - Neighborhood Cleanup Initiative
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