June 26, 2020 By Michael Dorgan
The campaign office of State Sen. Mike Gianaris was targeted with graffiti Wednesday night.
The front of the Powhattan Democratic Club office, located at 41-05 Newtown Rd. in Astoria, was sprayed-painted with the “anarchy” symbol, a spokesperson for the senator has confirmed.
The building was used as Gianaris’ campaign headquarters for his election campaign in Tuesday’s primary. Gianaris won the primary with ease.
The two front doors of the building were spray-painted with a capital letter “A” inside a circle. The pattern symbolizes anarchy.
A third area, to the left of the building, was sprayed-painted with the same symbol and was followed by the letters “O” and “C”. Together, the letters spell out “AOC,” an abbreviation for Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
It is unclear as to who is responsible for the damage or what the messaging meant.
Senator Gianaris condemned the actions of the alleged vandals Thursday.
“We will not allow a small group of hatemongers to divide our community,” Gianaris told NY1 reporter Zach Fink.
“Especially after an election just showed tremendous unity behind the representatives targeted by this hate,” he added.
Gianaris says, “We will not allow a small group of hatemongers to divide our community especially after an election just showed tremendous unity behind the representatives targeted by this hate.” pic.twitter.com/Zmib5vO47l
— Zack Fink (@ZackFinkNews) June 25, 2020
The vandalism was denounced by Queens Council Member Danny Domm.
Dromm said that the actions were “disgraceful.”
“I condemn this in no uncertain terms,” he tweeted Thursday.
A report on the incident was not made with the police, according to an NYPD spokesperson.