[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lawrence 1-13-1999 by L.L. No. 2-1999. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall, within the Village of Lawrence, write, paint, draw or otherwise place any inscription, figure nor mark of any type upon any building, public or private, nor upon any other property, real or personal, whether same be owned, possessed, maintained or operated by any person, public or private corporation or other entity whatsoever, without the prior express written permission of the owner of said property or the duly authorized agent of such owner.
[Amended 9-11-2002 by L.L. No. 5-2002]
Any person having been found guilty of any violation of the provisions of this chapter, for each and every such violation, shall be guilty of a violation pursuant to the Penal Law of the State of New York, punishable by a fine up to a maximum of $1,000 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of an offense against the provisions of this chapter shall constitute, for each day the offense is continued, a separate and distinct offense hereunder.
Requirement to remove graffiti. The occupant, lessee, sublessee, owner, landlord or agent of the owner and/or landlord of any commercial or residential premises located in the Village of Lawrence which has any form of graffiti on any building, structure or accessory structure or property located thereon shall be required to either restore the defaced surface by removing the graffiti or repaint the defaced surface using the same color paint as existed previously on such defaced surface or may repaint the entire structure or area within 15 days after written notice to such occupant, lessee, sublessee, owner, landlord or agent of the owner and/or landlord from the Village of Lawrence notifying said person to remove the same.
Costs and/or remedy of village. In the event that said graffiti condition is not cured or corrected within 15 days after the written notice hereinabove provided for, in addition to any other penalty for a violation of this chapter as may be provided herein, the village shall have the right to enter upon said premises, without any further notice, to remove the graffiti and/or paint the premises as hereinabove set forth, and the cost of the removal of such graffiti and/or painting shall be at the sole cost and expense of the occupant, lessee, sublessee, owner, landlord or agent. The actual costs of the inspection of said graffiti, resurfacing and/or repainting of such building, together with any other costs incidental to such removal of graffiti, shall thereupon become a lien upon the real property upon which the graffiti was found to be located, and such costs or lien shall be added to and become part of the village taxes next to be assessed and levied on such real property, and the same shall be collected and enforced in the same manner as taxes.
The provisions of this chapter are intended to be in addition to, shall supplement and, in any event, are not intended to replace any other provisions applicable to the prohibited conduct hereinabove set forth, including but not limited to any applicable provisions of the Penal Law of the State of New York and/or any applicable ordinances of the County of Nassau and/or Town of Hempstead.