Tucked away on the west side of the small town of Broad Channel in the middle of Jamiaca Bay is a narrow, dead end, street that goes by the name of West 12th Road. Those of us who live there know that the nice part about living in a small town is that when you are not quite sure what is going on, someone else always does!
[Peter J. Mahon West 12th Road, Broad Channel]
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder wants to ban a mock graffiti kit from major toy stores before the product turns youngsters into miscreants.
“Graffiti is just the first act of vandalism. It oftentimes leads to drug abuse and drug sales,” said
Goldfeder, citing the NYPD’s “broken windows” strategy of targeting low-level crimes to help prevent more serious ones.
The lawmaker wants Toys “R” Us to stop selling “Kidffiti,” which allows children to do their best Banksy impression by supplying them with stencils and sprayable chalk that is reminiscent of aerosol cans used by graffiti writers.
Goldfeder (D-Rockaway) vowed to use “every tool in his arsenal” to get the product removed, including working with the city’s Consumer Affairs department.
He has also penned a letter to Toys “R” Us CEO Antonie Urcelay, asking him to pull the product from the shelves.
The company directed questions to the toy’s manufacturer, Jakks Pacific, which did not respond to requests for comment.