Schenectady launches program to clean up graffiti

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Schenectady officials announced a new anti-graffiti program in the city in effort to stamp out graffiti in Schenectady's business corridors.

Beginning in October, paint,
supplies and other materials donated by the Home Depot will be used to clean up the city of graffiti. The City of Schenectady
will identify business, nonprofit and municipal buildings with graffiti that
need attention. 

Schenectady County Center
for Juvenile Justice will transport youthful offenders to graffiti locations to
remove and cover existing graffiti.  In
addition to supplies, The Home Depot will provide trained volunteers to help
those working on probation to properly remove graffiti.  

Building owners and
tenants who have a graffiti issues will be notified of the new program which
offers assistance to remove graffiti at no cost to them.

The
City IDA, which is administered by Metroplex, has committed up to $10,000
toward program expenses.

After graffiti removal
work is completed, the Schenectady Police Department has agreed to increase
patrol in areas where work has been done.

“Our goal is to work toward
eliminating graffiti in our city,” said Police Chief Brian Kilcullen.  We will be keeping an eye out in the areas
that have been cleaned up and we will prosecute offenders to the fullest extent
of the law.  We want to keep moving
forward.”

Partners in the new
program include The Home Depot, Schenectady County Sheriff Dom Dagostino,
Schenectady Police Department, City of Schenectady Industrial Development
Agency (IDA), Center for Community Justice, Schenectady County Center for
Juvenile Justice and Quest.

The program was announced Thursday by Mayor
Gary McCarthy and Councilwoman Leesa Perazzo.

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