Photo Courtesy of Councilman Ulrich’s Office
“Graffiti is a serious quality of life issue. When vandalism becomes more prevalent, our communities suffer,” Councilman Ulrich said.
By Forum Staff
City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) on Tuesday announced the re-launch of his graffiti removal program. The district-wide initiative, funded by Ulrich with help from the Queens Economic Development Corporation, scrubs illegal street art from local businesses, private homes, and public spaces.
“Graffiti is a serious quality of life issue. When vandalism becomes more prevalent, our communities suffer,” Ulrich said. “I am proud to announce that this year’s budget will again include crucial resources to beautify and clean-up our communities. I urge residents to take advantage of this fantastic program, which has removed graffiti from hundreds of buildings since its launch.”
According to a recent New York Post report, graffiti complaints have increased by 54 percent over the last four years. Calls to 311 regarding graffiti jumped up to 21,006 last year from 13,560 in 2015.
“It is important this program continues to evolve to meet the community’s needs. This initiative is an excellent resource for everyone in my district, including homeowners and local business owners, as well as good Samaritans who want to make a difference in their communities,” the councilman noted. “I’d like to thank the Queens Economic Development Corporation for their continued partnership and for all the work they do to keep our neighborhoods clean.”
QEDC Deputy Director Ricardi Calixte added, “Graffiti is a quality of life concern that should not be undermined. Its negative impacts on neighborhoods are immense.”
Residents who wish to make a request for graffiti removal may contact Ulrich’s district office at (718) 738-1083, or (718) 318-6411.