Campaign ‘tricks’ at former 34 candidate’s home

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Former City Council candidate Gerry Esposito may be the victim of campaign trickery, as his Williamsburg property was vandalized in the early hours of October 30.

Esposito, Community Board 1 District Manager, woke up on Friday morning to find several plant beds broken and garbage pails upended, leaving his front yard a mess. 

The former candidate, who lost to Incumbent Councilmember and Democratic nominee Diana Reyna (D-34) in the Democratic primary, endorsed political rival Maritza Davila (D-Working Families), on October 22. 

Esposito had attached several Davila posters on his fence, but the posters have been torn down and torn to shreds.  Interwoven with the refuse were scores of Diana Reyna flyers strewn about the front yard.

Esposito declined to comment.

Antonio Reynoso, a spokesperson with the Reyna campaign, remarked that he did not think his volunteers were responsible for the vandalism and believes that the damage was an unfortunate coincidence. Reynoso said that the team that distributed flyers in Williamsburg near PS 132 finished their assignments at 9 PM October 29 and then went back to train stations at 7 a.m. on October 30.

“We definitely don’t encourage things like that. We don’t tear down posters. We just put posters next to other posters. I don’t even think my people know who Gerry is,” said Reynoso, who added if Reyna volunteers were responsible he would personally apologize to Esposito.

Police officers from the 94th Precinct were continuing to investigate the matter.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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