Vandals splashed white paint and left a vulgar, anti-Semitic note at the Manhattan district office of State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright.
“We will never be intimidated by this criminal act,” Seawright said in a statement Tuesday. She said police are investigating the Monday night vandalism as a hate crime.
A staffer discovered the vandalism and note at the Upper East Side office early Tuesday morning. “Rabbi pays [expletive] Rebecca in cash and kind,” the obscene letter read.
Seawright hosted a virtual town hall on combating anti-Semitism last month. She held a similar forum last year after swastikas were found at the nearby Asphalt Green fitness complex. She is a member of the Assembly’s Jewish Legislative Caucus.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) 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,” Heastie said in a statement Tuesday.
Mayor Bill de Blasio also tweeted about the incident: “If your heart is full of hate you have no home in New York City.”
Seawright, a Democrat first elected in 2014, is now running as an independent on the Rise and Unite party ticket, after missing the deadline to submit her candidacy for the June primary. Republican challenger Lou Puliafito is a doorman and union shop steward.