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Vandals attacked the Conselyea Street home of former City Council candidate Gerry Esposito just days after the Community Board 1 district manager endorsed an insurgent candidate against the incumbent he tried to defeat.

Esposito, who finished behind Councilwoman Diana Reyna (D–Bushwick) in the September party primary, woke up on Oct. 30 to find several plant beds broken and garbage pails upended.

Eight days earlier, Esposito had endorsed his former political rival, Maritza Davila, to unseat Reyna in Tuesday’s general election.

Esposito had several Davila posters on his fence at the time of the vandalism. Scores of Reyna fliers were strewn about the front yard, a witness said. Esposito declined to comment.

Antonio Reynoso, a spokesman for the Reyna campaign, said that he did not think his volunteers were responsible for the vandalism.

“We definitely don’t encourage things like that,” he said. “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.”

Police from the 94th Precinct are investigating the matter.

Updated 5:15 pm, July 9, 2018
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