Schenectady County candidates frustrated by missing signs
Political signs are disappearing, so numerous that a candidate has filed a police report and offered a reward if someone provides information that helps the police find the culprit.
The campaign of the Republican candidate for the surveillance of the city of Niskayuna Hamayun “Joey” Faizy on Tuesday filed a complaint with the police for stolen and damaged political signs. The signs have disappeared from Hillside Avenue, Providence Avenue, Balltown Road, Lexington Road and roundabouts along Aqueduct and River Roads, according to a press release from the Faizy campaign.
Faizy said Thursday that around 25 signs from public and private property had been taken. The missing signs raise concerns about the integrity of the elections, according to Faizy’s statement.
“Destroying and stealing political signs undermines our electoral process. It is not a Republican or Democratic question but rather a transmitter of voters, ”said Faizy. “In the spirit of ensuring participation in elections, all political signs, regardless of political candidate and political party, must be preserved and respected. ”
Faizy said he was disappointed with the events and also found it disheartening. Faizy offered a reward of $ 500 for any information leading to the arrest or conviction of those taking the signs. People are encouraged to call the city police department for any information.
Police chief Jordan Kochan said he briefed the patrollers on what was going on and told them to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity regarding political signs. However, on Thursday there was not much evidence to investigate, he said.
Faizy isn’t the only one dealing with sign issues. It has also become a problem for Faizy’s political opponents and a problem for Brenden Savage, who is running for a seat to represent the town of Schenectady in the Schenectady County Legislature.
“Our campaign has been contacted by many townspeople who are asking for new signs because theirs have been stolen,” he said. “We’ve also seen and heard a lot of talk on social media about signs that our Democratic slate has also been stolen. Signs on Dean Street, Windsor Drive, Pearse Road, Rosendale Road and throughout the Woodcrest area have disappeared. Our campaign was also told that four stolen and damaged signs were later thrown into a yard in Woodcrest. “
Savage said he first saw the problem arise during the primaries.
“During the primary season, I had to file a report with the Schenectady Police Department after about 11 signs were stolen from the private property of a person in the fence in 15 days, ”he said. he declares. “I have no idea who stole all the signs, but I guess it was a supporter of my opponent who lives in the same neighborhood.”
Omar Sterling McGill, who is running against Savage, said no one in his campaign took any of Savage’s signs.
“In the primary, I definitely had some signs removed,” said McGill.
He hasn’t seen a lot of takes of them lately, but that’s because he said he got some new panels and hasn’t taken them all out yet.
Savage said his campaign had failed to file a report on some of the stolen signs both from the public right-of-way and from private homes. Nonetheless, the case is heartbreaking, he said.
Most candidates expect some signs to come forward, he said, but not as many as he’s seen.
“Where it becomes concerning is when it looks like a concerted and repeated effort on the part of a group of individuals dedicated to stealing your campaign’s assets,” Savage said. “This not only takes a toll on a campaign’s financial resources, but during small local races, candidates themselves often have to spend time replacing signs that could be spent reaching more voters.”
He estimated that around 25 of his signs were taken during the primary season, but recently the number of signs stolen has hit double digits.
It is a tradition in the city for political signs to have a campaign phone number so people can call and return the signs, he said. He hasn’t heard of any of the missing signs.
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