Councilman Eric A. Ulrich (R-Queens) and Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) today touted the success of their joint graffiti removal initiative implemented this past October. For FY2015, 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.
Via its Neighborhood Development Division, which promotes economic growth by supporting community businesses, QEDC has been working with Magic Touch Cleaning to carry out the anti-vandalism mandate.
To date, Magic Touch Cleaning has removed graffiti from 60 locations throughout the 32nd Council District and this work will continue into 2015.
“Graffiti is a crime and something that lowers property values and diminishes our quality of life,” said Councilman Eric Ulrich. “This initiative takes a proactive stand to nip this problem in the bud and revitalize our small business corridors. We do not need these eyesores in our community. My constituents deserve better.”
“Graffiti is a scourge that negatively impacts residents, businesses and entire neighborhoods, so it is our pleasure to help clean it up,” stated Queens Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Seth Bornstein. “We enjoy working with Council Member Eric Ulrich and Magic Touch to be proactive in our fight against vandalism that discourages shoppers, encourages lawlessness, and destroys community spirit.”