Vallone Meets With British Opposite Number
City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., chairman of the council Public Safety Committee, recently welcomed Ed Mayne, Vallone’s opposite number on the borough council of Hounslow, a suburb of London, to a meeting of the Public Safety Committee. The Hounslow Chronicle reported on Mayne’s visit to New York City and the information exchanged.
From the Hounslow Chronicle:
Hounslow gets crime busting tips from New York
BY JESSICA THOMAS
Oct 4 2010 A community safety leader has forged an alliance with New York City Council to gain tips on how they managed to reduce crime levels.
Councillor Ed Mayne, lead member for community safety and enforcement, met with Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. who was dubbed “the man who hates graffiti” by the New York Times, to discuss a potential link-up.
As part of a private trip, Mr. Mayne attended New York City Council’s committee on public safety, where a range of issues were discussed including possession of firearms, tackling graffiti and harmonizing council partnerships with police.
Mr. Vallone is well-known in U.S. political circles as an anti-graffiti crusader, recently passing legislation making it illegal to sell graffiti tools to anyone under the age of 18, and imposing requirements on larger buildings and shops to clean graffiti from their property.
Mr. Mayne said: “It was enlightening to meet such a high profile councillor who was happy to engage and share ideas. Councillor Vallone has been a major part of New York’s drive for public safety and decreased levels of crime. It was exciting to have him agree with many of the ideas I was proposing and share some of the ways he has made his city significantly safer for residents.”
Hounslow Council is in the process of introducing a 24/7 team of Grimebusters to tackle graffiti as well as waste.
Mr. Vallone said: “Councillor Mayne’s commitment to public safety is clear. After his visit to one of my Public Safety hearings, we discussed ways in which New York City and London could share ideas and work together to keep our cities safe.”
Chief Superintendent David Bilson, Borough Commander for Hounslow Police, said: “It is excellent news to hear that Cllr Mayne has been able to see some of the best of partnership working in New York. I look forward to hearing from him first hand as we combine our work together to bring down victim based crime.”