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$500 Reward Offered for Capture of John Hall Yard Sign Thieves in Croton-on-Hudson

October 30, 2006

A $500 reward has been offered by private individuals for information leading to the identification and prosecution of those responsible for stealing almost 70 ‘John Hall for Congress’ yard signs since Oct. 12. Anyone with information on these thefts is asked to call the Croton Police at 914-271-5177.

According to Lindsay Audin, coordinator of Hall sign distribution in Croton, 68 signs have been stolen from 51 homes in the last two weeks. He stated that “this is far beyond some prank or political dirty trick. Instead, there has been a concerted effort to interfere with free speech and this election through dozens of cases of criminal trespass and petty larceny.”

According to Lt. Det. Anthony Tramiglini of the Croton Police, 25 of the signs were found discarded at Spencer Fields, the Croton High School playing field off Gerstein Road, on Saturday (10/29). Efforts are underway to find and prosecute the thieves. Information providers’ names will be kept confidential.

On November 1, 2006 3:00 PM, Seth Davis said:

It never ceases to amaze me that Croton Republicans have discovered materials that make their signs able to withstand all sorts of weather.

On October 31, 2006 1:38 PM, Mrs. Smith said:

We just lost our fifth sign this morning! I had to laugh at Bob Wintermeier’s letter in the Gazette last week suggesting that nothing more nefarious than bad weather is at work—he truly is the MOST partisan person I have ever had the misfortune to come across.

We have been hosting campaign signs for many, many years and have NEVER lost one before—it has nothing to do with inclement weather and everything to do with the Kelly campaign running scared of John Halls ability to engage the voters with his independent ideas and plans for the future of this district.

On October 30, 2006 8:37 PM, weewill said:

It’s a sad state of affairs when politics in Croton have become so partisan that open and honest campaigning can’t be done. What ever happened to the Croton we knew and loved? We used to be able to disagree on issues and face our opponents directly, look them in the eye, stake out our positions on issues, shake hands and believe in “May the Best Man or Woman Win.”

No more. Just as in Washington politics, it’s come down to character assassination. finger pointing, who did what when, and outright lies and fabrication. And the almighty dollar excesses are rearing their ugly head in small, downtown Croton as well. I don’t know about the local Reppublican Committee and their finances but I do know its not unusual for the Democratic Committee to spend over $6,000 for our newspaper ads, mailings and signs. A ridiculous amount of money for such a small village. The signs represent a significant portion of those expenditures. Factor in the many volunteer hours put in by dedicated/ supporters and the total effort gets more and more costly.

On October 30, 2006 7:07 PM, Jeff T. said:

The woman handing out signs for John Hall told me that the signs cost the campaign around $10 each. This becoming serious money for the John Hall campaign to have to shell out. I went ahead and made a contribution to the John Hall campaign—that was my way of fighting back!


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