The reported incidents of campaign signs vandalized in Clarkstown have increased. A second Democratic candidate, Ed Kallen, who is running for Clarkstown Town Justice, filed a criminal complaint with the police Thursday.
Kallen said three of his campaign signs have been stolen while those of opposing candidates which were located next to his have been left untouched. Dennis Malone, the Democratic candidate for town highway superintendent, filed complaints with the police earlier this week about defaced, damaged and missing signs.
Kallen said he was shocked and appalled.
“I would have never expected this type of behavior in a judicial campaign,” Kallen said. “It’s an ugly side of politics. It’s not just lawn signs, it’s larceny.”
Kallen expressed hope that the security cameras of a nearby bank would provide information about the thefts. Signs disappeared twice near the intersection of Route 304 and Germonds Road and once further north on 304 near Johnson's Lane within the past seven to 14 days.
In addition to the sign vandalism, he reported last Sunday, Malone said more signs were targeted over the past few days. He said a campaign sign by the Greater Hudson Bank on Route 304 and Germonds Road was stolen and signs on Strawtown Road, Kings Highway, Brewery Road and near the Congers Road Causeway in New City were defaced.
Malone filed another complaint with Clarkstown police today after discovering a family vehicle parked in front of the house had two flat tires.