For several weeks now, I have personally scrubbed and removed at least a dozen “tags” of graffiti in and around Southampton Village.
On Wednesday evening, while I was walking past Fellingham’s, the same tag — “DIP” — was graffitied onto a white fence in clear view for everyone to see as you enter the public parking lot next door to the restaurant. This time, though, the tag was spray-painted much larger and more vibrant. This vandal is becoming more emboldened — and, from my experience in law enforcement, if this destruction of property isn’t addressed sooner, rather then later, our village’s quality of life will diminish.
Mayor Jesse Warren was very understanding and supportive to maintaining our quality of life when I brought this pattern of vandalism to his attention. Within 30 minutes of learning that we live among a graffiti vandal, Mayor Warren was in touch with Chief Thomas Cummings, who, I understand, has made this a top priority for his police department and assigned a sergeant to investigate this crime pattern.
New York City is presently experiencing the resurgence of the “squeegee man/woman” that diminishes those residents’ quality of life. By addressing my concerns to the chief in such a timely fashion, Mayor Warren clearly has our quality of life at the forefront of his leadership, and I want to publicly thank him for his understanding and quick response.
Mr. DiGiorgi is a retired sergeant with the New York Police Department — Ed.
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