TROY, N.Y. - The City of Troy made a step to take back their community from graffiti Thursday night.
"We know graffiti multiplies so it can't stay," said City Council Woman Nina Nichols.
Currently in the City of Troy there is no law that requires property owners to remove graffiti, but Nichols says that is about to change.
During Thursday's Finance Committee meeting legislation was passed that would require property owners to get rid of the graffiti within one week.
"We don't intend to make the property owner a victim when they have already been a victim by the graffiti," said Nichols.
Under the proposed ordinance, property owners will have seven days to remove the graffiti. They have the choice to paint over it themselves or give permission for the city to do it.
"The city will come out and public works will cover over it with white exterior paint we're offering to do for free," said Nichols.
If the property owner doesn't comply with the law within a week they will be fined $10 dollars a day every day the graffiti remains.
The city says it's not just about beautification, but safety and pride.
"When you clean something up you also set the dominos falling for taking back your neighborhood," said Nichols.
According to Troy Police, graffiti is one of the most common ways gangs identify themselves.
"We have a lot of issues we feel are spurred on by graffiti and one led to a violent episode a few years ago and we are trying to prevent that in the future," said Police Chief John Tedesco.
The proposed ordinance is scheduled to be voted on by Troy City Council during the September 6th meeting.
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