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Swastikas on Owego man’s house creating an offensive eyesore for village residents, officials

OWEGO (WBNG) — Anti-Semitic signs can be seen on a house from a main road that runs through the Village of Owego, which is upsetting both neighbors and village officials.

Green spray painted Swastika signs are painted on parts of a home on Commerce Street with stones laid out in the symbol on the front lawn. Owego Police say they are investigating whether this is a vandalism case or if the homeowner did this to his own property.

Owego Mayor Mike Baratta says it’s not common to see these types of things in the area. He says if the homeowner did that to his own home, then there’s not too much the police can do, since the symbols are on private property.

Nearby neighbors told 12 News say they are disturbed by the signs, wishing the homeowner would understand the discomfort it brings to individuals. Mayor Baratta says while he supports free speech in his community, he does not believe this message is tolerable.

“We’re definitely looking into it,” said Baratta. “It’s not a message we want to send as a village. It’s his private property, so it’s kind of hard, but we don’t encourage it that’s for sure.”

Baratta says even if the swastikas were made by the property owner, he hopes by working with the police department and code enforcement, something can be done to resolve the issue.

WBNG Staff

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