Vandals deface Greene County Courthouse
Andrea Macko reports in Porcupine Soup that someone defaced the four pillars of the Greene County Courthouse in Catskill with the letters S-E-E-N overnight Sept. 5. Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden said, “It is not art, it is not self-expression, it is vandalism.” And Groden's team failed to clean the pillars on its first attempt. Groden said, “Research suggested to use mineral oils, as a less abrasive solution, that won’t cause more decolorization than the spray paint. Now we will move to an ‘acid waste.’ After that perhaps sanding down the stone, but that will certainly result in complete damage to the viewshed.” Security cameras could not make out faces, officials said, implying more than one culprit. The Beattie Powers Place, a historic 1837 Greek Revival Mansion in Catskill, also had the letter “V” spraypainted on a sign. Read more about this story in Porcupine Soup.