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.