Cuomo vows to 'hold those responsible accountable' for anti-Semitic vandalism of assemblywoman's UES office

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August 12, 2020 - 11:22 am
Rebecca Seawright

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday vowed to “hold those responsible accountable” after a Manhattan assemblywoman’s office was vandalized with paint and an anti-Semitic note. 

A vandal or vandals splashed white paint on Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright's Upper East Side office windows and left an anti-Semitic note under the door in an incident that was discovered Tuesday morning. 

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In a tweet on Wednesday, Cuomo called the incident a “cowardly act… antithetical to New York’s values."

“New York has zero tolerance for hate and we will do everything in our power to hold those responsible accountable,” he wrote. “I extend my sympathy to (Seawright) that this repugnant note was left at her office.”

Seawright, who represents the Upper East Side, Yorkville and Roosevelt Island, released a statement on Twitter on Tuesday saying she would “never be intimidated by this criminal act.” 

“We have called for a hate crimes investigation,” she said. “We stand before you today to denounce this disgraceful and hateful crime.” 

Rep. Carolyn Maloney condemned the vandalism in her own statement released Tuesday evening. 

“Unfortunately, this incident is part of an alarming spike of hate crimes and rhetoric throughout New York City and our nation,” she said. “I am proud to stand with members of the community… to send a powerful message that anti-Semitism is not welcome in New York City.”