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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Article omitted village role in graffiti removal
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Community groups’ volunteering in our village is a noble cause. I’m certain that the artists who created the original mural were well intentioned and passionate about their work, but clearly, all factors were not considered before undertaking this endeavor.

The article also stated that “the feedback was nothing but positive.” This, too, is incorrect. If anyone had checked with us, the village received multiple complaints regarding the mural. People wanted to know, among other things: Who authorized the painting? Can anyone paint anything they want on public property? Did anyone consider traffic slowdowns along Sunrise Highway? Why is “art” placed along a main thoroughfare? Who decided what type of art is appropriate? Did we have a public hearing or vote on what type of art should be displayed? Please understand, we received plenty of negative feedback.

Communication and education are part of the mainstays of my administration. We also love and appreciate art and free expression, but there are important safeguards in place, again, for good reason. I would like to offer this as a lesson, and take this opportunity to invite all our local artists and art lovers to participate in our second annual “Art in the Park” at the gazebo in Hendrickson Park on April 26. Here, in a beautiful lakeside setting, local artists are invited to display their works and the public is invited free of charge. As far as the ongoing trestle art issue, the final outcome rests with the MTA, which controls the property.

Ed Fare
Mayor
Valley Stream

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