Cuomo: NYS to investigate 2nd incident of anti-Semitic vandalism on the UES

Maya Rajamani
August 13, 2020 - 12:00 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday directed the New York State Police’s Hate Crimes Task Force to investigate the second incident of anti-Semitic vandalism reported on the Upper East Side in the past two weeks. 

The executive director of the New York Professional Nurses Union, Eileen Toback, recently discovered a “lurid,” anti-Semitic message scrawled on a port-a-potty that sits about 10 feet from the union’s building on East 75th Street, the New York Post reported

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Toback, who is Jewish, told the outlet she reported the message to police after she read that Upper East Side Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright’s office had also been vandalized, with white paint and an anti-Semitic note.

In a statement released Thursday, Cuomo said he was “appalled” by the two reports of anti-Semitic graffiti. 

“The scourge of anti-Semitism has plagued our communities for far too long, and while such cowardly acts seek to sow fear and division, we will respond with collective strength declaring emphatically with one voice that there is no tolerance for hate in our state,” he said. 

On Wednesday, Cuomo vowed to “hold those responsible accountable” for the vandalism that took place at Seawright’s office.