Board 11 Declares War on Graffiti Vandals

March 15, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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Bensonhurst — Community Board 11 is teaming up with cops and neighborhood residents to wage war against graffiti vandals.

Board District Manager Marnee Elias-Pavia said a Graffiti Clean-Up Day will be held on Earth Day, April 22, which will be co-sponsored by Board 11, the 62nd Precinct, and the 62nd Precinct Community Council. “We usually clean up a park for Earth Day. But this year, we wanted to do something different,” Elias-Pavia said.

The plan is to have volunteers meet at a central location and then fan out to different areas to paint over graffiti-scarred walls and windows, Elias-Pavia said.

The 62nd Precinct conducted a successful graffiti cleanup in the neighborhood a few years ago, but vandals have since returned to leave their mark. Board 11 member Tony Troia loaned the precinct a power spray machine to wash graffiti off building walls.

In other news, the board is seeking to have the New York City Department of Parks create a dog park inside Bensonhurst Park on Bay Parkway and Cropsey Avenue.

The dog park would take up a half-acre in the park, Elias-Pavia said. The suggestion to establish a dog park came from the board’s Parks Committee, chaired by Eileen LaRuffa.

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