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Vandals paint swastikas in Greenville's Vanderbilt Park

May 20, 2021 6:15 am

Melanie Lekocevic is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media swastikas and other graffiti have been found in Vanderbilt Park in Greenville. No arrests have been made, according to police. The hate symbol was drawn by vandals with permanent markers on slides and other playground equipment at the park. Picnic tables and benches were also broken. Town Supervisor Paul Macko said on May 19, “We were able to clean it up and get rid of most of it. In the [baseball] dugouts we put sealer and repainted.” Town Maintenance Supervisor Renee Hamilton told the town board at a meeting this week that the graffiti has been removed or painted over. Other incidents of vandalism have occurred elsewhere in town — the recently renovated stained glass windows at Prevost Hall were punctured by golf ball-sized holes and two of the five windows were broken, Macko said. Surveillance cameras have been installed at several locations — at Vanderbilt Park, with several by both the North and South barns, the nature trail, concession stand and baseball diamond; near the library; Prevost Hall and elsewhere. Officials hope the cameras will deter potential vandals and provide evidence to the police in the event more damage is done. Macko asked that anyone who uses the park and sees something suspicious going on, to notify officials. "I don’t want to see anybody get arrested or have a criminal record, I just want to see the vandalism stopped. We have a beautiful park up there and people who utilize it really enjoy it,” he said. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.