Yonkers Mayor Spano Cracks Down on Graffiti
YONKERS, NY -- January 17, 2013 -- Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced the re-launch of the City’s graffiti hotline to report the defacing or vandalism of any building structure located within the City of Yonkers. Residents are encouraged to call 914-377-8077 to report any form of graffiti. A reward of no more than $500 per conviction will be awarded to any person giving information leading to the detection, arrest and conviction of the person guilty of defacing buildings or structures, whether privately or publicly owned.
"Graffiti isn't just an eyesore, it reflects poorly on our City and our residents and more importantly, it’s offensive to all who live and work in our city,” said Mayor Spano. “We will not tolerate it and will make sure those found violating the law are prosecuted to the fullest extent."
Once the act of vandalism has been reported, the owner or agent of a building or structure which has been defaced by a writing, painting, drawing, marking, engraving or other form of graffiti must restore the building or structure to a graffiti-free condition after receipt of a graffiti condition notice from the Department of Housing and Buildings, Police Department, Department of Community Services or Office of Licensing. The owner or agent will then be required to correct the condition within 48 hours. The failure of an owner to comply may subject the owner to a fine of no more than $250 for each offense.
Those individuals found guilty of graffiti will be charged with a Class II offense. Graffiti violations are classified as either a criminal or civil penalties, resulting in fines up to $5000 and even imprisonment for up to 15 days. The graffiti stipulations are part of Section 72 of the Yonkers City Code.
“The re-launch of the City graffiti hotline is part of our mission in providing a quality of life that each of our residents deserves. I encourage everyone to take pride in their City and report any form of vandalism or graffiti so those responsible for this serious violation are held accountable," said Mayor Spano.
The re-launch of the graffiti hotline comes as the Mayor continues his commitment to his Clean Streets Initiative.
SOURCE: Christina Gilmartin, Communications Director, Office of the Mayor