Battling Graffiti One Block at a Time

Dear Editor:

The scourge of Queens and throughout New York City is that of graffiti vandalism. It makes you so angry and somewhat sad to see these senseless indiscriminate markings of these vandals throughout our communities.

In Woodhaven, we are fortunate in that we have the Woodhaven Business Improvement District on Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Court to 100th Street where this degenerating vandalism is removed periodically at great expense, making our Woodhaven Business Improvement District 98 percent graffiti vandalism free.

I would like to compliment Eric Ulrich, our NYC Councilman, on his allocation of funding to remove graffiti vandalism on the remainder of Jamaica Avenue in Richmond Hill and Ozone Park. Also, the volunteer efforts of the Woodhaven Resident’s Block Association removing graffiti vandalism from our community mail boxes.

As I have stated, this vandalism is a very expensive criminal act and in actuality a war between these vandals and we that remove their markings. This war is one that we fight everyday.

I believe our civic pride will prevail, for we will not take the attitude of, “I’m not going to paint it, for they’ll just do it again.” This is war which together we will win.

Maria Thomson
Executive Director
Greater Woodhaven Development
Corporation and
Woodhaven Business Improvement
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