2012-09-05 / Features

Vallone Returns Graffiti To Sender


Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. and Communications Director Michael Pantelidis repaint the vandalized mailbox on Shore Boulevard and Astoria Park South. Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. and Communications Director Michael Pantelidis repaint the vandalized mailbox on Shore Boulevard and Astoria Park South. On August 30, Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. and his staff repainted numerous United States Postal Service mailboxes across Astoria that were vandalized with graffiti.

Among the boxes repainted were ones on 24th Street and Ditmars Boulevard, 19th Street and 21st Drive and Shore Boulevard and Astoria Park South. Vallone, the leading anti-graffiti activist in the city, also painted over the “tag” of “Boog”, a notorious graffiti vandal who has defaced countless properties in Astoria.

“The box on Shore and Astoria Park South bothered me the most because everyone visiting Astoria Park passes it and the same graffiti had been there for a while,” said Vallone. “What better way to send a message that graffiti won’t be tolerated than through a mailbox?”

Vandalized mailboxes will continue to be repainted through a partnership between Vallone and the USPS. Residents can report graffiti on mailboxes directly to the councilmember’s office by calling 718-274-4500.

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