Tag Archive: vandals

Jun 20 2012


Juan Reyes Photo courtesy Jamie Moss

Received via Email: Republican State Senate candidate Juan Reyes revealed that he has filed a complaint with the 112th Police Precinct, after vandals targeted his Forest Hills home — coincidentally on the same evening as his first campaign fundraiser on Wednesday, June 13th.


“When I got into this race, I wasn’t expecting the opposition to roll out the red carpet for me,” said Reyes, an attorney and father of three who served as General Counsel to several city agencies during the Giuliani Administration, “But I never thought someone would come to my home in the dead of night and steal the ‘Welcome’ mat from my front door.”

In addition to the theft of the welcome mat, the intruder bizarrely emptied a box of plastic forks on the Reyes lawn.

“Political campaigns should be about the important issues facing New York State, not about childish antics that belong in Animal House,” continued Reyes, who is running in the Republican Primary in the new 15th Senate District.


Reyes is not distracted by the vandalism, saying “Midnight pranks aren’t going to create jobs or convince businesses to move to New York State. We need to roll out the welcome mat to businesses large and small, and make our state more business-friendly. Plus, I’d like my welcome mat back.”


As far as the bizarre spread of plastic forks on his lawn, Reyes added, “They can stick forks wherever they like. Done? We’re just getting started with this campaign.”


Note: The complaint field with the precinct for this incident was # 2532, filed at the 112th Precinct.

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Oct 12 2011

Peter Vallone Under Attack By Graffiti Vandals

City Council Member Peter Vallone (D-Astoria) overlooks the clean and healthy district that he has vowed to protect from malicious graffiti vandals..

QP Exclusive: How would you like to wake up to a brazen hatch-job with your name all over public property? Chair of The NYC Council Public Safety Committee Peter Vallone Jr. knows what it’s like and he’s taken it all in stride, just part of the everyday life for “The Man Who Hates Graffiti,” a nickname given to him by  the NY Times.

For the past 10 years Vallone has been a staunch advocate of graffiti free neighborhoods, but sometimes the vandals strike back. Sometimes they organize themselves and mimic campaign signs.  A conspiracy perhaps? Not likely. This is New York City and yes, some vandals are capable of a half assed political hatch-job.

Vallone has authored some of the toughest anti-graffiti laws in the country. Right here in NYC, the place that some consider a ‘bombing palace,’ which is slang for the best place to vandalize to become ‘infamous’ or ‘all-city’.

Graffiti culture is very strong in New York, especially Queens and the Bronx.  There are some people that even glorify it and call it art. This is not true. I don’t see art in graffiti. I see vandalism and so does Vallone.

 JA – adek – les – pinz . Chances are, you’ve seen the work of these notorious Queens vandals many times.

I see young people buying Sharpies and Krylon and aspiring to destroy public and private property. There’s no glory in it. But there is infamy. QP asks CM Peter Vallone what he thinks of the fake signs that were put up illegally and without his authorization.

QP Interview With CM Peter Vallone:

Peter, who did this?

“I think this just another attack by graffiti vandals and they wanted two things: to call me a hypocrite for committing acts of graffiti [Vallone referring to the act of campaigning – vandals often try to equate bombing to democracy] and they wanted my campaign to get fined

…but they were too stupid to get the sticker right.”

How did you respond?

“I reported it to the police and the Department of Sanitation. Well see where the investigation leads.

Bombing destroys property and they know it. Most people feel the way you and I do.”

How do we stop vandalism in the future?

“It’s unfortunate that a lot of these vandals get the support of big corporations that are trying to make money by using graffiti.

It sends the wrong message and ends up putting them all in jail.

There’s even a beer called ‘bomb beer’ and its marketed at the younger crowd of vandals and it’s just pathetic. 

I will do my job as public safety and chair the toughest anti-graffiti laws in the country”

SEE City Council OK’s Vallone’s Storefront Gate Bill

Clearly Peter, you must be doing something right if they are going through that much trouble to attack you. Keep up the great work. -QP


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