Nassau lawsuit targets Queens strip club billboard

The Stripper

The Stripper

From Newsday

Nassau lawsuit targets Queens strip club billboard


7:59 PM EST, February 3, 2009

Reaching across the county border, Nassau County has filed suit against a strip club in Queens, arguing that the club’s risque billboards featuring a nearly naked woman are a public nuisance and should be removed.

The suit, filed Monday in State Supreme Court in Mineola, names the operators of the Platinum Club on Rockaway Boulevard and Long Island Business Llc, the owner of the property, and asks that the two signs be taken down.

Although the club is in Queens County, its signs can be viewed from Nassau, said Nassau County attorney Lorna Goodman.

“The impact of the offense is on the citizens of Nassau County,” Goodman said.

The billboards show a blond woman wearing several thin strips of strategically placed black material. Goodman said the image violates a section in New York’s penal code that prohibits the display of graphic images that appeal to a “prurient interest in sex.”

The signs have caused a stir in the communities around heavily traveled Rockaway Boulevard since they were erected in October, and have been the subject of community protests.

“People don’t want it thrust in their faces,” said Nassau County Legis. Jeff Toback (D-Oceanside). “Now that they’re taking what’s going on inside and brought it outside, that’s what this public display law is designed to combat.”

New York City Councilman James Sanders Jr., who represents the area that contains the club, said he welcomes the suit and added that the city planned to file an amicus brief.

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Vandalism = Adult Sports?

The  individuals responsible for this illegal posting in Bay Terrace seem to believe that vandalism is now an Adult Sport. Our community is dedicated to stamping out graffiti, illegal posting, stickers and any other form of vandalism. The irresponsible people who deface our neighborhoods should face criminal charges, pay for the clean-up and be publicly embarrassed.

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Civilians, cops tag-team vs. graffiti

BTCA Graffiti Busters

BTCA Graffiti Busters

Queens has made major strides in the war on vandalism.

Graffiti complaints dropped dramatically across the borough in 2008 — including a 20% decline in Queens’ northern precincts — even as citywide totals jumped more than 10%, according to preliminary NYPD stats.

The number of graffiti complaints includes calls from the public to report vandalism to the NYPD, as well as all graffiti-related criminal charges the NYPD files against suspects after they’re arrested.

In addition, cops collared 214 fewer taggers in Queens than they had in 2007 — a 23.1% drop that contrasted with a 10% leap citywide in graffiti arrests, NYPD records show.

Skeptics warn the numbers may indicate only a lack of vigilance in reporting graffiti and catching offenders — not a true dip in the colorful crimes — but others view them as a major accomplishment.

In 2008, the 109th Precinct reported 182 graffiti complaints which resulted in 55 arrests. During that same period, the 111th Precinct received 117 graffiti reports which resulted 27 arrests.

BTCA’s Graffiti Busters can often be seen removing grafitti, stickers, illegal postings and other forms of vandalism in Bay Terrace. Any one of their regularly schedluled clean-ups will often result in the removal of 30-50 tags and markings. All of these volunteer community groups should be applauded for their efforts.

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Indicted politician Anthony Seminerio wants graffiti vandals paddled


Embattled pol Anthony Seminerio wants graffiti vandals paddled

According to a report in the New York Daily News indicted Queens Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio still favors a good spanking – but only for graffiti vandals. He didn’t express an opinion as to what punishment would be appropriate for dishonest politicians.