SecureView: Assemblyman James Skoufis Hosts Demonstration to Clean Up Zombie Property Blight
NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2017 : Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Woodbury), who has recently introduced legislation prohibiting the use of plywood for boarding vacant and abandoned properties, will host a demonstration to present an alternative innovation for blight elimination on Wednesday, September 6th at 1:00 PM.Assembly Bill A6806 would ban the use of plywood for boarding vacant and abandoned properties as a measure to eliminate the spread of blight plaguing neighborhoods in New York and nationwide. Sen. Diane Savino (IDC-Staten Island) carries the legislation in the state Senate.
The demonstration will be presented to New York state and local government officials, first responders, civic and community leaders, and property management professionals. This demonstration is in support of legislation which was introduced by Assemblyman Skoufis in the New York State Assembly in March 2017. Skoufis will be joined by representatives from SecureView, the nation's leading supplier of polycarbonate security and blight remediation solutions, demonstrating its state-of-the-art window and door boarding system.
"Numerous studies have shown that vacant and abandoned properties diminish property value, pose serious health and safety risks to local residents, and contribute to community blight," said Assemblyman Skoufis. "For decades, plywood has been the standard material for boarding up vacant and unoccupied buildings. But plywood has become the ugly and stigmatizing symbol of community blight, and has done more to contribute to the problem than to solve it."
Robert Klein, Founder and Chairman of SecureView and its advocacy arm, Community Blight Solutions, will be on hand at the demonstration to show a polycarbonate clearboarding solution to replace plywood boarding. Mr. Klein will present the nearly indestructible clearboarding material as it is installed, as well as discus the overall financial benefit to communities.
"Plywood announces to everyone that a property is vacant and abandoned, extending an open invitation to vandals and squatters who are looking for their next target," said Mr. Klein. "Plywood boarding can be easily removed by intruders who often cause irreparable damage, leaving a 'zombie property' that becomes a hub for crime, drug activity, and fires."
Made from recycled materials, SecureView is designed to look like traditional windows, so it doesn't broadcast that a building is vacant and abandoned. It's virtually unbreakable, protecting properties from break-ins and reducing the risk for first responders. Polycarbonate clearboarding keeps out the weather far better than plywood, reducing damage to the property.
Polycarbonate has been recognized by several government agencies, including Fannie Mae, as the best alternative to plywood for securing vacant and abandoned homes, schools, and commercial properties. Many governments, including the states of Ohio and Maryland, as well as the cities of Phoenix, Philadelphia, and Chicago have begun to enact statutes and ordinances banning plywood boards when shuttering properties. Plywood boarding practices have been directly linked to decline in property value, reduction in tax base, and increase in crime. Polycarbonate clearboarding has been shown to counteract those negative impacts while still securing vacant structures.
Mr. Klein has led several philanthropic and public/private partnerships for neighborhood stabilization throughout the housing crisis, and will be available to discuss the impact and discovery of funding sources available to communities.
The demonstration will take place at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, September 6th, and will take place at 35 Roosevelt Place, Stony Point, NY 10980.