City Council Amends Graffiti Law
New York City Councilmembers recently passed legislation to make it faster and easier for the City to remove graffiti from commercial and residential locations.
On September 30, the City Council voted overwhelmingly in favor of Intro. 1042-A, an amendment to the current "Graffiti Free" bill, that strengthens the powers of the Graffiti Free NYC program by reducing the amount of red tape required before graffiti removal can be performed by the City.
Under the amended law, once a building has been reported to have a graffiti condition, the owner will receive notice of removal from the City. After receiving notice, the owner will be given thirty-five days to submit proof to the City that they have either removed the graffiti themselves or wish to keep the graffiti on their property.
Councilmember Eric Ulrich said, "We need to use every tool possible to fight graffiti vandalism. This bill is a step in the right direction. Under the current law, the City couldn't remove graffiti vandalism from commercial or residential buildings without the written consent of the owner. This requirement slowed the process by putting the burden on the City and volunteers to get the owner's permission before removal."