The scourge of Queens and New York City is graffiti. It makes you so angry and somewhat sad to see the senseless indiscriminate markings of these vandals throughout our communities.
In Woodhaven, we are fortunate in that we have the Woodhaven Business Improvement District on Jamaica Avenue to remove this degenerating vandalism periodically at great expense, making our BID 98 percent graffiti-free.
I would like to compliment Councilman Eric Ulrich 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 Residents' Block Association removing graffiti from our community mailboxes.
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 a war which together we will win.
Maria A. Thomson