City Council Member Eric Ulrich, Queens Economic Development Corporation Launch Anti-Graffiti Initiative

Efforts Will Fight Vandalism on Six Major Corridors

WOODHAVEN, NY (October 8, 2014) — City Council Member Eric A. Ulrich, Queens Economic Development Corporation representatives, and local leaders gathered in Richmond Hill today to announce a new anti-graffiti initiative.

"Graffiti is a crime and something that lowers property values and diminishes our quality of life," said Council Member Ulrich, a Republican. "Today we take a proactive stand to nip this problem in the bud and revitalize our small business corridors."

Council Member Ulrich allotted $25,000 in discretionary funds to QEDC to eliminate graffiti at six major corridors — Woodhaven Boulevard; Jamaica Avenue; Atlantic Avenue; 101st Avenue; Liberty Avenue; and Rockaway Boulevard — in the 32nd Council District, which stretches from Breezy Point in the Rockaways to Richmond Hill on mainland Queens. Via its Neighborhood Development Division, which promotes economic growth by supporting community businesses, QEDC is working with Magic Touch Cleaning to carry out the anti-vandalism mandate.

During the announcement, Council Member Ulrich and QEDC officials were joined in front of Comco Plastics at the intersection of 101st Street and Jamaica Avenue by local leaders such as Community Board 9 Chair Ralph Gonzalez, Community Board 10 Chair Elizabeth Bratton, Woodhaven BID Executive Director Maria A. Thomson, Woodhaven Residents' Block Association President Martin Colberg, Richmond Hill Block Association President Wendy

Bowne, and RHBA Vice President Simcha Waisman.

Following the speeches, Magic Touch Cleaning President Joseph Militello and his crew gave a demonstration of the graffiti removal process.

"Graffiti gives a city block the appearance of decay, disrepair, and abandonment. This discourages shoppers from visiting an area and encourages lawlessness, making an area a target for other crimes," said QEDC Executive Director Seth Bornstein. "Thus, we are extremely happy to work with Council Member Ulrich and Magic Touch to get rid of graffiti in so many vital commercial corridors in Queens."

"This program initiated by Councilmember Eric Ulrich is fantastic for the community," said Woodhaven BID President Thompson. "This is something that will benefit our small businesses, homeowners, and aid toward the beautification of our neighborhood streets."

"We are very appreciative of this effort spearheaded by Council Member Eric Ulrich to clean graffiti throughout his district," said CB 10 Chair Bratton. "Graffiti as we all know, impacts our quality of life and this initiative will combat a serious problem that plagues our communities."

"The Woodhaven Residents' Block Association has worked hard to stamp out graffiti in our neighborhood, and we appreciate the chance to work with Councilman Ulrich and QEDC on combating this problem," said WRBA President Colberg. "We look forward to cleaner boulevards and avenues very soon."

CB9 Chair Gonzalez added: "Graffiti is a perennial problem in our district, and it's good to see that Councilman Ulrich and QEDC are making a significant investment to keep graffiti at bay along the major corridors in our community. I thank them for the help and I look forward to keeping up the intensity in the ongoing fight to keep our neighborhoods clean."

"Graffiti is a serious problem on Jamaica Avenue that impacts homeowners, businesses, and our quality of life," said Comco President Michael French. "I applaud Councilman Ulrich for pioneering this effort with Queens Economic Development Corporation and welcome the day when Woodhaven can be graffiti free!"

"I applaud Councilman Ulrich for his leadership to combat graffiti," said RHBA Vice

President Waisman. "This is a serious problem that home owners and small businesses deal with on a regular basis, and the community will be better off as a result of this initiative."