Aug. 11, 2010 By Christian Murray
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and CitySolve have teamed up to battle graffiti throughout the community by launching a local anti-graffiti campaign for District 26.
Van Bramer has secured $30,000 for the district to fund this initiative in conjunction with the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and CitySolve. This program will provide constituents with a designated hotline and an e-mail address to report graffiti and request free clean-up services. As complaints are received, teams of graffiti removal experts will be dispatched throughout the district to quickly remove the graffiti.
This program (and its funding) is separate from the graffiti initiative established last week with Woodside on the Move.
The program contains three elements. The first element will consist of a comprehensive clean-up of four of the district’s most problematic areas – (1) Woodside Avenue between 69th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, (2) 47th Avenue between 38th Street and 51st Street, (3) Broadway between 38th to 58th street, and (4) 21st Street between Queens Blvd and 34th Avenue. The second element will include a monthly maintenance program to keep these problem areas graffiti-free.
The third and final element will employ a district-wide graffiti complaint hotline that will allow residents of Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City, Hunters Point, Dutch Kills, Blissville, Astoria and Maspeth in District 26 to call 718-383-9566 ext. 3 or email [email protected] to report graffiti conditions.
These complaints will be routed to the local clean-up crew to remove the graffiti and are guaranteed a response time of seven days or less. The program starts today, and will last until June 2011.
In the past, business owners or residents would call 311 to report graffiti. However, it could take up to 90 days before the graffiti was removed.
I just called them to report grafitti on my building. They said they’ll have it cleaned up within 10 days…Let’s see what happens.
How about a police sting operation to catch these guys in the act at places they like to hit? Good chance they’re also wanted for other things besides graffiti.