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Northeast Queens locals are being encouraged to report local graffiti for removal under a recently funded program.

State Senator Tony Avella is calling on residents of District 11, which includes areas of BaysideFlushingWhitestoneDouglaston and College Point, to contact his office with specific graffiti removal requests. His district office can be reached at 718-357-3094.

The request follows a $100,000 funding allocation to Wildcat, a nonprofit organization that provides transitional employment and job placement to unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers. Employees of the organization began community beautification efforts in the area in April.

Workers focused first on the area’s commercial districts and are now expanding their efforts into residential areas of the community, according to Avella.

“Within the last month, Wildcat crews have been cleaning local streets and our mom and pop establishments from all-too-familiar graffiti eyesores,” Avella said. “Therefore, I am pleased to open cleaning and graffiti removal requests to the community so that I can help improve the quality of life in my district.”

Funding for the program will last until March 30, 2019. The funding allocation will also facilitate snow removal in the colder months.

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