The scourge who has been defacing buildings, vehicles and trees across the borough was busted this week after becoming the No. 1 target in Councilman Peter Vallone and the 114th Precinct’s anti-graffiti crusade.
“I want this punk, and I want him bad,” Vallone (D-Astoria) proclaimed, following the Tuesday morning arrest of Oliver Siandre, 27, better known by his tag, “Kiko.”
“Catching this guy has been a personal vendetta of mine for a few months now,” Vallone added.
Vallone Jr. — who inherited his council seat from his father — was one of the main hot-air opponents of Marc Ecko’s street party and made a big stink about Cope2’s Time Magazine billboard. He constantly bleats to whatever reporters will listen about the menace of graffiti-writing hoodlums run amok. Now he’s playing the white-collar Dirty Harry at press conferences, claiming Kiko caused $100,000 in damage. The showboating demagogy of Vallone Jr.’s personal role in the pursuit of KIKO and the studied stupidity of the Daily News’ tabloid style are both symptoms of a public culture that’s beyond rotten. Doesn’t anyone get sick of this cheap, cynical grandstanding?
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