Joined: Mar 17, 2005
Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:54 pm Post subject: We Are In This Together
From Tue Aug 19, 2008 3:00 am to Fri Aug 22, 2008 2:59 am (included)
|Just a week after swastikas were painted on the walls of a local synagogue we now get a report of someone intentionally ramming a truck into storefronts in Port Richmond just because the businesses were owned by Mexicans.
Although these events are the exception to the rule it does make one think what is happening here.
Since we began Where to Turn in 2003 we have seen that the majority of Staten Islanders are compassionate and caring individuals.
We have also tried to create programs to get the students back involved in the community and to try to instill in them the sense of respect for Staten Island and its residents that appears to have waned in recent years.
Over the past 5 years over 3,000 students have participated in our programs, which have ranged from cleaning up graffiti to shoveling for seniors.
We have also tried to reward those who achieve academic excellence while making sure that those who break the law pay for their crimes.
Over the past 6 months the Criminal Courts on Staten Island have been sentencing their younger offenders to community service with us and over that time they have performed over 250 hours of community service by removing graffiti.
Just yesterday we got a call from a probation officer who wants to start sending offenders from the Family Courts through this program.
Along with the NYPD and the District Attorney’s Office we want to let these offenders know that they will be caught and they will not get off no matter how young.
We cannot do this without the support of the parents.
We need them to stay on top of their kids, get them involved in positive after school activities and more importantly get rid of the “my kid can do no wrong attitude”
They need to know that the Staten Island Graffiti Task Force will be in place shortly and there will be many more arrests.
We will also be working with our elected officials to purchase and install monitoring devices to assist in apprehending these vandals.
Parents should do themselves a favor and get involved before they get that dreaded call from the local police.
We will continue to do our part as will our elected officials and the NYPD.
But we cannot do it unless everyone gets involved.
We need civic and community groups to join with us on cleanups.
And what about everyone running for office? How about having your campaign workers volunteer some of their time to community projects?
Or better yet why don’t you take just 5% of your campaign contributions and put it towards buying monitoring devices and graffiti removal supplies instead of blanketing the Island with lawn signs and filling our mail with campaign literature.
Remember actions speak louder than words.
Getting back to the hate crimes.
This is a small Island and I am sure that there are people that know who committed these crimes.
We need you to step up and make a call.
Call the police or call us at 718-966-6531
There is no reason that anyone should want these offenders walking our streets
Also since no one has stepped forward to claim the reward for the swastika crime why don’t we use some of that money and install security cameras at the synagogue.
Finally we are trying to change the face of Staten Island by replacing graffiti with American flag murals.
Scott LoBaido is currently at work on # 10….It would be nice to see your name or your company’s name as a sponsor of one of the next forty.