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At the podium from right to left are Siegel; Eric Gioia; Bill de Blasio and Mark Green. (AP Photo/Susana Bates, Pool) At the podium from right to left are Siegel; Eric Gioia; Bill de Blasio and Mark Green. (AP Photo/Susana Bates, Pool)

NEW YORK (AP) - The NYPD says a former city councilman's car was set on fire in his driveway in an apparent random arson attack.

Eric Gioia, who served three terms from 2002 to 2009, told the New York Post that he woke to a loud thump early Sunday morning and saw his Mercury Mariner in flames outside his Queens home.

Police say there's "no specific evidence" that Gioia's car was targeted.

They say a man was caught on a surveillance camera setting a fire to a nearby trash bin before setting the SUV ablaze.

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