Columbus statue in Utica vandalized

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UTICA — City of Utica workers were dispatched Tuesday to clean off spray-painted graffiti on the base of the statue of Christopher Columbus — which is meant to honor and highlight that community’s Italian heritage.

The word “killer” was sprayed in large, red letters around the base of the statue, which is located at the corner of Mohawk Street and the Parkway, officials said, adding that the vandalism was discovered Tuesday morning

City fire officials and members of Utica’s Department of Public Works used a high pressure water stream to blast the graffiti off the statue.

Weighing in on the vandalism, was Rep. Anthony J. Brindisi, D-22, Utica, who issued the following statement: “Vandalism is wrong under any circumstances, and the person responsible for these acts must be held accountable. The Christopher Columbus statue is a celebration of Italian American heritage and pride in our area, and we should continue to recognize the vast cultural and economic contributions of our Upstate Italian American community.”

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