Beep, beep! Markowitz’s official SUV attacked!

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An unhinged hoodlum defaced cars belonging to Borough President Markowitz, his top aides, and several judges on Friday — damaging 10 vehicles and leaving public officials crying over their wrecked wheels.

Police say suspected vandal Alex Breytman of Ocean Parkway sprayed paint remover on Markowitz’s government-issued Toyota Highlander Hybrid, senior adviser Carlo Scissura’s 2011 Lexus SUV, and eight other vehicles parked in a Borough Hall parking lot off Joralemon Street between Boerum Place and Court Street at around 4:30 pm.

Cops caught up with Breytman a short time later at an Adams Street garage, our sister publication, the New York Post, reported.

Breytman was arrested, but the victims of the crime are still fuming.

“I’ll have to paint the whole car over,” moaned Scissura, whose luxury ride was marked up with several foot-long streaks that were still visible days after the attack. “It’ll be expensive.”

Scissura said he had no idea why only cars belonging to public officials were targeted, but insisted the vandalism wasn’t politically motivated.

Cops wouldn’t speculate on the motive as they slapped Breytman with 10 counts of criminal mischief. Breytman was released on $1,000 bail after appearing in Brooklyn Criminal Court on Jan. 23. His attorney did not return calls seeking comment.

Markowitz called the act of vandalism “reprehensi­ble.”

— with Dan MacLeod

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Updated 5:29 pm, July 9, 2018
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Ru from Brooklyn says:
Maybe if Marty would stop parking his numerous taxpayer-funded cars on taxpayer funded sidewalks his car would be more protected during the day.
Jan. 25, 2012, 8:31 am
m to the i from park slope says:
Ha, parked in a parking lot?! Yep, a parking lot otherwise known as the sidewalk.
Jan. 25, 2012, 9:04 am
sal from coney island says:
Isn't this insured under vandalism in their Insurance coverage ??

Anyway, I'm sure BP Marty & his Chief of Staff can afford the paint jobs.

They will probably take the money out of their campaign funds to fix their cars. Who are they kidding.
Jan. 25, 2012, 9:54 am
LOLcat from Park Slope says:
Small price to pay for free parking. Does the BPP staff pay to redo the shale (guessing...) sidewalks they ruin by driving their 3000 lb vehicles on them?
Jan. 25, 2012, 11:29 am
tee gee from sunset park says:
ah, the culprit was "unhinged"! That explains it. In the former USSR he would have been treated like all gov't protestors and sent to an asylum. I'm sure the patriots who "attended" the Boston Tea Party were "unhinged" too. Hopefully, this is the beginning of the common person fighting back.
Jan. 25, 2012, 3:12 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Vandalizing others' vehicles is completely wrong, and makes you no better than those you hate. What it really does is give your cause a bad name. Then again, I won't be surprised to hear a website such as Streetsblog calling that person a martyr for such actions. If this was my car, I will have that person paying for my car repairs for the next millenium in which their great granchildren will need lawyers after that.
Jan. 25, 2012, 6:37 pm
Tony from Park Slope. says:
The Borough President and his or her staff are not vital offices with any kind of powers or authority to warrant a government issued car. The story brings to light the absolute waste in government. Markowitz has always been nothing more than a cheerleader for Brooklyn. The fact that he gets chauffeured around, instead of taking public transit reveals what a fraud he really is.
Jan. 25, 2012, 9:35 pm
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
Why not save some money and take away their publicly funded cars and make them take pubicly funded transit? Nothing like a taste of the MTA each day.
Jan. 26, 2012, 9:56 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
As bad as having their own vehicles, you don't gain anything by vandalizing them, because they can use that against you in a bad way.
Jan. 26, 2012, 4:25 pm
SkellAtosis from FG says:
Vandalizing someone's car isn't the way to get your message across. But I understand being angry at these fat cats and their perks we pay for.
Jan. 26, 2012, 7:24 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
There is a reason I didn't want to see the film called Noise years back. Part of the reason is that it glorifies a person who throughout the film is vandalizing a number of motor vehicles just because of the number of alarms that went off. In reality, no such act would ever go condoned. I will admit that a car alarm is annoying, but it does NOT give anyone a right to vandalize it just because of such. By no surprise, Streetsblog just mentions this event in a newswire, and it nobody bothered to comment it as another attempt to just brush it under the rug as usual. I wouldn't be surprised if anyone did talk about it, they will either consider that person a hero to them or just give a slap on the wrist. I thank this paper and the NY Post for actually covering this.
Jan. 27, 2012, 5:40 pm

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