NY Assembly Member’s Office Target of Anti-Semitic Vandalism

NEW YORK (AP/Hamodia) -

A state Assembly member is calling for a hate-crimes investigation after her Manhattan district office was splashed with white paint and a vulgar, anti-Semitic note was left under the door.

“We will never be intimidated by this criminal act,” Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, a Democrat first elected in 2014, said in a message Tuesday. She said police are investigating the Monday night vandalism.

Other elected officials also condemned the incident.

“The Assembly majority has always been very clear that we have a zero tolerance policy for any form of hate, including anti-Semitism,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said in a statement Tuesday.

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said in a statement that the incident is “part of an alarming spike of hate crimes and rhetoric throughout New York City and our nation,” and that “anti-Semitism, or hatred of any kind, has no place in New York City.”

Seawright hosted a virtual town hall on fighting anti-Semitism last month and held a similar forum last year after swastikas were found on a nearby fitness complex.