*Editors Note: This story has been updated to reflect new information from the local sheriff regarding the placement of the signs.
BROADALBIN, N.Y. (NEWS 10) – Political signs reported as stolen in Fulton County were improperly placed on private property and rightfully removed, authorities said Monday.
Volunteers for Matt Castelli’s campaign told NEWS10 they reported one of their signs being vandalized and stolen in Broadalbin. Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino told NEWS10 that the sign was placed on a right of way that is in fact private property. As a result, the owners of the property took it down, as is their right. Giardino says the signs were not destroyed and have been returned to the campaign. In a post on Facebook, the Sheriff noted issues with campaign signs have been on the rise on all levels.
Issues with campaign signs have been a problem for incumbent Elise Stefanik as well. The representative’s team said they have lost thousands of dollars to vandalism and have reported it to local police agencies. In a statement from her campaign, they said “in terms of a number of damages collectively, nearly $10,000 worth of stolen, ripped apart or defaced signs.”
In regards to alleged campaign sign vandalism, Castelli’s team put the following statement on Twitter.
“It’s not only wrong, it’s illegal. Leave everyone’s signs alone and make your voices heard through your votes, not criminal vandalism.”
Republican incumbent Elise Stefanik will face Democratic challenger Matt Castelli in the race for New York’s 21st Congressional district. The district covers the North Country of New York and parts of the Capital Region.