From Forest Hills Patch:
One bill that recently passed the Senate is designed to curb graffiti by making those who are convicted of graffiti-related crimes to clean up the unsightly street art in their communities.
State Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside, co-sponsored a bill that would require penalties for graffiti convictions to include graffiti removal.
State Sen. Joe Addabbo, who represents Forest Hills, is also pushing legislation that would force the city to give residents within a half mile of construction zones a heads-up three days in advance.
The bill would also apply to infrastructure projects that would disrupt gas and electric service. Construction that would be complete in under 48 is not subject to the restrictions.