NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City’s mayoral candidates are offering up very different visions for tackling a quality-of-life issue plaguing all five boroughs — graffiti.

Standing outside a graffiti-tagged business on the West Side, Republican Curtis Sliwa said if he were mayor, he’d make property owners take some responsibility for the blight.

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“Once the city removes the graffiti, the bill will go directly to the owner and operator of this property. It is an absolute disgrace that they would allow a property like this be vandalized to this capacity and do nothing,” he said.

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Democrat Eric Adams says businesses are taxed enough and offered up a different vision.

“Local precincts should identify those locations, partner with youth groups and start a real graffiti abatement program,” he said.

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On Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio touted efforts of the New York City Clean-Up Corps, saying nearly 1,000 properties have been repainted since April.

CBSNewYork Team