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Massapequa teen arrested in Brady Park swastika graffiti, cops say

A gray box, recently painted, covers where swastikas

A gray box, recently painted, covers where swastikas were spray painted in Brady Park in Massapequa Park, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. Credit: Steve Pfost

A Massapequa teenager is charged with aggravated harassment and criminal mischief after spray-painting graffiti, including swastikas, at a park last month, Nassau County police said Friday.

Brendan Hogan, 17, was arrested Thursday and released on an appearance ticket; he is due to appear in First District Court in Hempstead on Jan. 25.

His family could not be reached for comment Friday, and it was unknown whether the teenager was represented by an attorney.

The graffiti was discovered by an employee at Brady Park, off Lake Shore Drive in Massapequa Park, on Dec. 30, police said.

Two swastikas were painted — one on a picnic table and another on a wall near the shuffleboard court, police said.

Later, Massapequa Park Mayor Jeffrey Pravato told Newsday the graffiti also included obscenities and other symbols and writing.

The Brady Park graffiti came amid other reported anti-Semitic vandalism incidents in Long Island late last year.

In November, a Plainview man was charged with aggravated harassment for allegedly painting swastikas at Nassau Community College in Hempstead.

Also in November, swastikas were found at Port Washington and Northport high schools, and were drawn in the snow in Mineola.

And on New Year’s Day, Suffolk police found a swastika on a steel beam at the Long Island Expressway’s Holbrook exit.

With Zachary R. Dowdy

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