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New York, NY - Law Requiring New Security Storefront Gates Goes Into Effect

Published on: July 1, 2011 07:41 AM
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New York, NY - A new law to phase out solid, roll-down security gates on storefronts goes into effect Friday.

Queens Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. drafted the legislation that requires newly installed or replacement gates to allow for at least 70 percent visibility.

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He said the new gates will improve safety conditions, allowing police officers or firefighters to clearly see into a location.

“First off, it opens up the appearances so people can shop even in the evening even after we are closed, and it just makes the neighborhood much more friendly,” said Arlin Owsley, general manager of Clear Wire.

“As you can see, it is often a canvas for graffiti,” said Vallone of older gates. “It is going to eliminate 75 percent of the graffiti in New York City, so those things are why the bill was passed, and it will really make a difference in the cityscape of the entire New York City.”

Store owners with existing solid gates do not have to replace them until 2026.


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 Jul 01, 2011 at 08:01 AM Shmoger Says:

2026 ????

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 08:22 AM Feivish Says:

I think we should open a gate business now

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 08:38 AM DemsBeBabies Says:

So now businesses will need to lay people off to get themselves a new gate for no real reason. The reason is stupid. if a store has a brick wall front, do they now ned to break out down? Fire and police personnel can't see through brick? Graffiti artists use brick walks all the time? Nothing like anti business liberal stupidity!!

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 08:41 AM Longwave Says:

"First off, it opens up the appearances so people can shop even in the evening even after we are closed"

How can you shop after it is closed?

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 09:03 AM MINBP Says:

This law is good for the glass companies !!!

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 11:24 AM Butterfly Says:

You also need to open a glass business. When you get the spray painting, it will go on the gates and the glass. Some of that does not come off. Or these jokers will break windows!!

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 01:14 PM Anonymous Says:

It will also provide a "ladder" for theives to climb up the gates...

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 01:15 PM Bezalel Says:

Reply to #4  
Longwave Says:

"First off, it opens up the appearances so people can shop even in the evening even after we are closed"

How can you shop after it is closed?

It's called "window shopping."

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 03:54 PM Unintended consequences Says:

These newer more open gates are easier for thieves to break through.
Happened in this neighborhood. The store owner had gates totally open. Thieves broke through. Then he put on the one partially open and they broke in again. So he went back to the other type.
Also to #2 and #3. Store with the old gates don't have to remove that which they already have. The law applies to new gates.

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 Jul 01, 2011 at 04:09 PM Anonymous Says:

I don't understand why these New York stores need "gates" at all. I live in a major city and I've never seen retail stores with either "roll down" or wire gates. Why not simply put a good lock on the front door. Do you want to make people feel like they are in a prison ??

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 Jul 02, 2011 at 10:06 PM pbalaw Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

I don't understand why these New York stores need "gates" at all. I live in a major city and I've never seen retail stores with either "roll down" or wire gates. Why not simply put a good lock on the front door. Do you want to make people feel like they are in a prison ??

It's not about what you feel or understand , it's about freedom , if a store owner wants a gate, why is the gov getting involved?

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 Jul 03, 2011 at 01:44 PM Nonsense Says:

The law makers should just mind their own business and not try to impose their desires on the shop keepers. The police department should patrol more and keep grafitti artists and looters under control.

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 Jul 04, 2011 at 12:32 AM Matzoslocal101 Says:

The posters here obviously have a much better grip on reality than the legislators that authored this piece of stipidity.

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