Vandal who has scrawled anti-gay slur with Obama’s name on Astoria buildings strikes again

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Photo courtesy of Sen. Gianaris

This hateful vandal just doesn’t know when to stop.

A man who has been walking around Astoria and writing “Obama f—-t” around public buildings struck again yesterday when cops found the phrase written on three parking garage doors in the neighborhood.

According to state Senator Michael Gianaris, police found the graffiti on 23rd Street between 28th and 29th Avenues on April 25. In March, the same phrase was scrawled on the building at 31-19 Newtown Ave. three times, which houses offices for Gianaris and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas.

The NYPD released footage of the suspect in March and are describing him as a left-handed white or light-skinned Hispanic man between 30 and 40 years old. The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is reviewing the investigation, the senator said.

According to Deputy Inspector Peter Fortune, commanding officer for the 114th Precinct, the perpetrator has tagged other buildings around Astoria with the same phrase. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

These brazen acts of hate are not tolerated in our community and will be met with a swift and aggressive response,” Gianaris said in a statement. “It is critical that this hoodlum be brought to justice and taken off our streets as quickly as possible before more of our neighbors are affected. I will continue to work with the NYPD to make that happen.”

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