2017-03-22 / Features

Gianaris, Simotas, Constantinides Condemn ‘Hate Graffiti’


An example of the “hate graffiti” found on elected officials State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and Council Member Costa Constantinides’ government offices and in other locations nearby. An example of the “hate graffiti” found on elected officials State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and Council Member Costa Constantinides’ government offices and in other locations nearby. State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and Council Member Costa Constantinides released the following statements addressing “hate graffiti” that appeared on the elected officials’ offices, and in the surrounding community.

Senator Gianaris said, “It is shameful that someone is trying to divide our diverse neighborhood through hostility and bigotry. We can assure our community that these hateful actions will not silence our opposition towards policies we consider un-American, and we will continue to fight for those who need our help no matter the cost.”

Assembly Member Aravella Simotas said, “Writing hateful graffiti is a cowardly, criminal act that pollutes our neighborhood and makes people feel less safe. I am confident that the 114th Precinct will catch the perpetrator or perpetrators, whatever their sick motivation may be. These acts of hate will neither silence nor stop Astoria’s elected officials from working to fight discrimination and intolerance, and to protect the beautiful diversity of our neighborhood.”

Council Member Constantinides said, “I strongly condemn this symbol of hate and vandalism in our community. As we see hate crimes rise across the city, we stand together in support of respect and tolerance. We will continue to fight bigoted and despicable acts such as these. Thank you to the 114th Precinct for the hard work investigating these hate crimes.”

The elected officials have been vocal against the Trump administration’s executive orders and have taken actions towards uniting our neighborhoods, including hosting a rally in support of the Muslim community in Little Egypt and a community celebration of Astoria’s diversity.

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

The 114th Precinct has documented each incident and is examining local security footage that will help to identify the person committing these heinous acts.

Return to top

Copyright 1999-2018 The Service Advertising Group, Inc. All rights reserved.