Clarkstown police arrested John Finn, 48, of New City on Tuesday for allegedly
damaging a campaign sign of Dennis Malone who is running for Clarkstown Highway
Superintendent. Police report Finn was charged with criminal mischief fourth
degree, a misdemeanor.
“At approximately 9:30 p.m., a witness observed Finn causing damage to a campaign sign belonging to Dennis Malone which was located at the intersection of Walnut Court and Main Street, New City,” said Sgt. Jo Anne Fratianni. “The damage was consistent with holes from pulling the sign from its mounting.”
Malone said it was the third or fourth instance of a sign being damaged at that location. He said a video camera placed in a tree had recorded one of the earlier incidents of an individual tearing down his campaign sign and throwing it into a yard.
Fratianni said the witness reported trying to approach Finn who fled in a vehicle. Finn was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in Clarkstown Justice Court on October 7.
Malone, who is running for highway superintendent against incumbent Wayne Ballard, estimated that 50 or more of his campaign signs have been stolen, damaged or destroyed. He has filed numerous complaints with the police department.
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