Reward offered in Columbus statue vandalism case

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The day after Columbus Day was celebrated, the Christopher Columbus statue in downtown Binghamton was vandalized for the second time in five weeks.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar and District Attorney Steve Cornwell are requesting information on who spray painted the bust of Columbus sometime early yesterday morning.

The Sons of Italy Lodges of Binghamton and Endicott have raised funds for a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Garnar says police are investigating surveillance video of the Broome County Courthouse lawn.

Former County Executive and current Stella D' Argento Lodge President Barbara Fiala was on the committee that raised thousands of dollars to erect the memorial in 1992 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of the New World.

"To see it defaced, it hurts. This is not just as an Italian or as a part of the county. It is just tearing a community apart. We should be together and celebrate all the culture with the rich community and heritage that we have," said Fiala.

Despite efforts to clean it, marks can still be vaguely seen of where the word "Murderer" was spray painted across the memorial.

The statue was similarly defaced back on September 9.

Anyone with details on the vandalism is asked to call Binghamton Detectives at 607-772-7080.


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