Mayor continues fight to wipe out graffiti

(07/16/03) THE BRONX - In his effort to rid the Bronx and the rest of the city of graffiti, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday that so far more than 16.3 million square feet has already been repainted.

Mayor Bloomberg says graffiti is a blight on the city and that's why his anti-graffiti task force will continue to vigorously wipe out the problem.

The task force was created last year. It consists of members of community groups and city agencies, and volunteers. Areas that have been targeted by the task force include Port Morris, Hunts Point and the Grand Concourse.

Mayor Bloomberg says getting rid of graffiti remains a top priority of his administration. He says graffiti invites criminal activity and sends a message that the city does not care about its buildings.

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