Thursday, September 1, 2011
City fails to clean graffiti for 4 months
"I called 311 to report graffiti at 60-45 60th Street in Maspeth on Tuesday, 8/30/11. I was told by the 311 operator that graffiti on this house was already reported via 311 on 4/25/11 (complaint #G71340), and that it was put in the City's cleaning queue. When I inquired as to when the site was scheduled to be cleaned by the City, the operator said he did not have that information.
The City is supposed to remove graffiti within 35 days of it being reported. In addition to "Graffiti Free NYC", there is also the "Mayor's Paint Program" which provides free supplies to volunteer groups that wish to organize cleanups. Yet every time our precinct or GCOP organizes a cleanup, they ask local civic groups to donate money or paint supplies. Why is this, if the City is supposed to be providing it free of charge?
On top of this, council members' discretionary funding is often dedicated to graffiti removal!
If the City is already funding all the paint, labor and supplies through the Mayor's & EDC's program, then why all the redundancy and wasteful spending?
And why, if there is a 35-day deadline, hasn't this location been cleaned after 4 months? There are supposedly 23 graffiti cleaning vans roaming the City. When will one make it over here?" - Christina Wilkinson