Graffiti Painted On 'Top Chef' Star's Long Island Home, Lawn

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Graffiti Painted On 'Top Chef' Star's Long Island Home, Lawn

August 23, 2018 - 1:42 pm

MATTITUCK, N.Y. (WCBS 880/AP) -- The Long Island home of "Top Chef" producer and restaurateur Tom Colicchio has been defaced by graffiti.

Suffolk County Police said his mailbox, lawn and driveway in Mattituck were spray painted with political and religious symbols.

Colicchio and his wife, Lori Silverbush, tweeted they discovered the graffiti on Tuesday.

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Police say "TRUMP'' was written in red paint on the mailbox. "Cuomo(equals)Death to America'' with a hammer and sickle was painted on the street and grass. "Cynthia Nixon, Go Home, Silverbush and Padhma'' and a star were painted in white.

Nixon is challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary. Padma Lakshmi is host of "Top Chef.''

Colicchio tweeted he believes the incident was in response to his displaying a sign supporting the Democrat who is running for Congress against Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin.

Zeldin criticized the incident on Facebook.

"I don't know who did this, but this coward needs to be identified and prosecuted," Zeldin wrote. "Settle your score at the ballot box, not like this."

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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