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More hateful graffiti found outside Gianaris’ office in Astoria

More hate graffiti is found outside the office of state Sen. Michael Gianaris.
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It has happened again.

For the third time in three weeks, homophobic graffiti has been discovered on the building housing the district offices of state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria). The latest hateful message discovered Monday morning is believed to have been sprayed on a wall late Sunday night, according to Gianaris’ spokeswoman, Liza Acevedo.

Over the weekend, the NYPD released surveillance video of a man suspected of criminal mischief in the case, who wrote derogatory comments about former President Barak Obama with a marker pen on the wall at Pistilli Towers, located at 31-19 Newtown Ave. The perpetrator is believed to be a white or light-skin Hispanic man, 30 to 40 years old who is left-handed and was seen in the video wearing a hooded jacket and a baseball cap, police said.

The 114th Precinct will be increasing patrols in the area, a report has been filed and the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is reviewing the ongoing investigation along with the new security footage, according to Gianaris’ office.

“It is clear this bigot is trying to send a message of intolerance to our community, but it will not work,” Gianaris said. “I am confident the NYPD will apprehend the person committing these disturbing acts and I am thankful for their continued efforts.”

Gianaris has taken direct aim at the Trump administration, including introducing legislation that would prohibit the Port Authority from utilizing any of its resources in support of the president’s executive order authorizing the travel ban. Additionally, Gianaris introduced legislation that would add immigration status to the list of protected classes in the state’s Human Rights and Civil Right Laws and has fought federal efforts that would discriminate against people based on their ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and gender.

Simotas introduced legislation earlier this month that would protect undocumented immigrant crime victims.

“It will take more than a bigot with a magic marker to stop me from fighting for the values of tolerance and inclusiven­ess,” Gianaris said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at bparry@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4538.

Posted 2:39 pm, March 27, 2017
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part of the problem from queens says:
Part of the problem is that people keeping showing this on line. If you stop, this will decrease. But no keeping giving idiots a forum.
March 27, 1:41 pm
larry's done from queens says:
part of the problem from queens: I agree with you though this particular site has been known for creating and encouraging these matters, in particular parry, hallum, and the squawking martinez woman. Liberals have recently been busted doing this kind of thing on walls then blaming the right. Interesting that timesledger.com had printed zero word about liberals being paid to cause havoc on the behalf of democrats, ads that can still be seen (and saved) on craigslist in ny and other cities. It's the only way this putrid site can attract any readership at all.
March 28, 5:24 am
daniela from queens says:
Simotas introduced legislation earlier this month that would protect undocumented immigrant crime victims.??????

What the heck is wrong with this person???

Hey Simotas why don't you take some home with you so you can protect them even better........
March 28, 7:05 am

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