BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Broome County Executive Jason Garnar and District Attorney Steve Cornwell, along with members of local Italian-American clubs announced on Wednesday there is now a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest in connection to the recent vandalism of a Christopher Columbus statue in downtown Binghamton.
On September 9, the word "murderer" was painted on the statue, which is located outside of the entrance to Broome County Supreme Court on Collier Street.
Tuesday morning, Broome County Public Works crews returned to the statue to clean it up for a second time.
“I said it before. There is zero tolerance for vandalism of public property,” Garnar said in a statement Wednesday. “It is disrespectful. Regardless of your beliefs, it is unacceptable.”
“Vandalizing government property, with damages valued in excess of $250, is considered Criminal Mischief, in the third degree, a class E Felony,” said District Attorney Steve Cornwell. “In Broome County, vandalism to any statue, or government property, will not be tolerated, and will be treated as a serious criminal matter.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Broome County District Attorney’s Office at (607) 778-2423.