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Police investigating vandalized statue in Congress Park

WNYT Staff
Updated: July 16, 2020 04:52 PM
Created: July 16, 2020 09:33 AM

Police are investigating after a Civil War monument was vandalized in Saratoga’s Congress Park Thursday. The monument honors locals who were part of the Union Army during the Civil War and it has been in the city since 1875.

"I think it's a tragedy. It's ridiculous. They're pulling them down. The southern states I can understand, they're from the south but that's the 77th regiment. It had no reason to come down," said Frank Wodicka.

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Wodicka lives in Saratoga Springs and visits Congress Park daily. Undeniably proud of his country he is not alone in his thoughts.

"It just makes no sense to destroy things, monuments," said Wonicka.

"This is history. It's history, ok. They're tearing it all down. They're tearing America apart and everybody needs to ocme together," said Frank Stallone another city resident.

This is the second incident of vandalism in the park within a week. Earlier this week vandals targeted the newly redesigned Katrina Trask Gateway by spray painting the stone walls, garbage cans and trees.

Commissioner of Public Works Skip Scirocco says much of the vandalism that has occured in the park has been fixed. He does not think the cast zinc and bronze painted statue that came down Thursday will be able to be saved.

"I think it's just pure vandalism and it's unacceptable. We have, the city has zero tolerance for it," said Scirocco.

Officials say they are reviewing several surveillance cameras from the area and hope to identify the person or people responsible.


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