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May 25, 2000

Press Contacts: Carol Abrams (212) 863-5176
Kim Brown (212) 863-8076

HPD Applauds Success of Anti-Graffiti Initiative in Bushwick

Campaign Supports Graffiti Removal in Brooklyn

Commissioner Richard T. Roberts of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and New York State Assemblyman Vito Lopez of Brooklyn announced the success of a new anti-graffiti initiative in Bushwick today. The initiative is designed to rid commercial and private buildings of graffiti, and encourage private property owners and community groups to vigilantly maintain their properties graffiti-free.

"Ridding our communities of graffiti takes a cooperative effort from business owners, residents and government agencies," said Commissioner Roberts. "HPD and Bushwick residents are committed to cleaning up their community."

Bushwick property owners welcomed the fight against graffiti, signing more than 170 waivers (available in both English and Spanish) to allow clean-up work to be done on their property. Hundreds of businesses and property owners were asked to participate in the program, especially those in the Knickerbocker Avenue retail corridor. Community groups interested in conducting graffiti clean-up events should contact the Mayor's Community Assistance Unit at (212) 788-7460 or apply online at In addition, to report graffiti vandalism in progress, residents should call the Police Department's Graffiti Hotline at (212) 374-5914. Callers are eligible for an award of up to $500 for the arrest and conviction of graffiti vandals.

"I am proud to partake in a comprehensive anti-graffiti initiative in Bushwick," said Assemblyman Lopez. "Only through an effective coordination of government with community support can the Bushwick community experience such a constructive Renaissance."

HPD is the nation's largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. A major responsibility of the agency is to encourage the preservation of affordable housing through education, outreach, loan programs and enforcement of housing quality standards.

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