Klein Launches New Graffiti Removal Program
After considering several contractors, Klein hired Survillo’s Cleaning Services, Inc. owned and run by Morris Park resident Danny Survillo. Survillo has removed graffiti in the community for years and customers have been consistently satisfied with his fine work. “Danny brings a state-of-the-art truck with equipment capable of painting over graffiti and removing it from brick and cement,” said Klein.
State Senator Klein has long been known for his efforts to combat graffiti. In October, he had the infamous three-hundred-foot CHEEZ tag removed from the Freshway supermarket in Throggs Neck. After CHEEZ, formally known as Brian Gonzalez, was arrested and charged with multiple taggings in the Bronx and Westchester, Klein wrote a letter to Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson calling for strict punishment of the graffiti vandal.
“Battling graffiti is a long-term struggle,” said Klein, who recalled his own office being tagged with obscenities after he began to remove graffiti in Morris Park. “I’ve found that persistence is the key. You have to remove graffiti at a faster pace than vandals can put it up. This frustrates and demoralizes graffiti taggers.”
Klein is also pleased to learn that the Mayor has joined the fight against graffiti with his own removal programs through the city’s police precincts. “My staff has had discussions with the 45th precinct about coordinating our graffiti removal programs,” said Klein.
Community residents who would like to report graffiti to be removed should notify State Senator Klein by calling his office or his graffiti removal hotline. Removals are completed within two weeks, except in cases of persistent temperatures below freezing. The graffiti removal hotline number is 1-888-884-1444. Constituents can reach Klein’s office at 718-792-8500 and ask for Community Liaison Alex Camarda to report graffiti sites to be cleaned.