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Senate passes Stavisky bill with harsher penalties for graffiti vandalism

By Madina Toure

The New York State Senate passed a bill sponsored by state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) that would toughen penalties for people convicted of defacing public or private property with graffiti.

The bill raises the penalty for anyone convicted of causing more than $1,000 worth of damage three or more times over the course of 10 years to a Class E felony.

“Graffiti vandalism is not a victimless crime,” Stavisky said. “It can result in substantial costs to homeowners, property owners and taxpayers. This legislation is an important deterrent to destructive acts against public and private property.”

State Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) is the Assembly sponsor for the bill. It is currently with the Assembly Codes Committee.

Reach reporter Madina Toure by e-mail at mtoure@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

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