Sunday, May 15, 2011
Vallone vs. "fat caps"
From the Daily News:
A Queens pol who has championed anti-graffiti laws wants to crack down on "fat caps," a device he says vandals put on spray-paint cans to tag wider areas in less time.
Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. said he will introduce legislation this month to ban sales of fat caps to anyone under 21 and require older patrons to show ID.
He previously helped pass laws that restrict the sale of spray-paint cans and broad-tipped markers. He has also sponsored a bill restricting the sale of etching acid.
"Vandals are now destroying homes and businesses and monuments like never before," Vallone said. "The more tools they come up with to destroy property, the more tools we have to give to law enforcement to protect properties."
Community groups hope the fat caps bill will hinder the spread of what's become a must-have accessory for vandals.
"If you can do twice as much damage in half the time, it covers much more ground," said Anthony Meloni, director of the Queens civic group New York Anti-Crime Agency.
Felix DeVito, who owns a fuel oil business in Vallone's district in East Elmhurst, marveled at how quickly vandals can deface his Astoria Blvd. property with fat caps.
"They'll walk up - boom, boom, boom - and they're done in four seconds and they're gone," DeVito said.