Mural at the center of East Harlem Council race pitting Melissa Mark-Viverito vs. Gwen Goodwin

Newcomer claims incumbent ordered up a grotesque mural for her building. She’s  also claiming someone stole her campaign banner.

Graffiti artist David Sepulveda painted this mural on candidate Gwen Goodwin’s East Harlem building — and the would-be political leader believes that he was put up to it by Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Graffiti artist David Sepulveda painted this mural on candidate Gwen Goodwin’s East Harlem building — and the would-be political leader believes that he was put up to it by Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito.

As political scandals go, this one’s pretty fowl.

Someone not only stole a campaign banner on City Council candidate Gwen  Goodwin’s building — but then painted a none-too-subtle mural of a bird with a  severed head that she says was commissioned by the incumbent, Melissa  Mark-Viverito.

The so-called “Chickengate” scandal burst into the open last Sunday, when  Goodwin, one of four hopefuls trying to unseat Mark-Viverito in East Harlem,  discovered the missing flyer and called cops, claiming she saw her landlord  steal the campaign banner.

Sepulveda (right with Alex Seel) is doing such massive murals all over Harlem and the Bronx.

Sepulveda (right with Alex Seel) is doing such massive murals all over Harlem and the Bronx.

“They stole my sign,” the enraged Goodwin told the News.

But this mystery goes back far further than last week.

Months earlier, Eastside Managers Associates, which owns Goodwin’s building  at 152 E. 100th St., volunteered the walk-up’s facade to Los Muros Hablan a  multi-borough project spearheaded by Mark-Viverito and the El Museo del  Barrio.

The project’s name is Spanish for “The Walls Speak.” And in this case,  Goodwin thinks they speak volumes.

Her building’s wall was handed over to David “RIMX” Sepulveda, who promptly  covered it with a colorful image a severed rooster-like head attached to a  wooden scaffold.

Gwen Goodwin (with David Corbin in a file photo) says Melissa Mark-Viverito is behind the massive mural.

Gwen Goodwin (with David Corbin in a file photo) says Melissa Mark-Viverito is behind the massive mural.

No one is commenting about the artwork — Eastside Managers, Sepulveda, the  museum and Mark-Viverito didn’t return calls — leaving Goodwin to have a cow  over this weird bird.

“This a picture of a bird who’s head has been severed from its body,” she  wrote in a mass email to supporters. “I have been told in the Puerto Rican  culture it means ‘problem solved.’”

Goodwin claimed the painting has connections to Santeria, a mix of ancient  African rituals with voodoo and some Catholicism. But Caribbean art expert Marta  Moreno Vega said Goodwin is no religion expert.

“This woman has issues,” said Vega, president of the Caribbean Cultural  Center African Diaspora Institute in East Harlem. “The bird has no reference to  the African religion.”

Told that she’s off base on Santeria, Goodwin tried to keep the focus on the  scandal and its feathery implications.

“I am running for City Council against Melissa Mark-Viverito, who was  responsible for commissioning this so-called art,” she said.

simonew@nydailynews.com

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/uptown/political-scandal-fowl-east-harlem-article-1.1445773#ixzz2dysjnu2e

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