Briefly: Aldermen amend law to ban sale of spray paint to minors

Two months after the Board of Aldermen approved a bill that bans the sale of spray paint to minors, the city is set to insert the last nail in the coffin of New Haven’s graffiti epidemic: A $50 fine will be placed upon anyone caught using spray paint on public property or selling spray paint to minors.

Though Yale has experienced its fair share of spray painting in the past year — three separate incidents of racist graffiti appeared on campus buildings since last November — Ward 14 Alderwoman Erin Sturgis-Pascale said the ordinance was more geared toward incidents of gang-related graffiti that have plagued Fair Haven and Westville in recent months.

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