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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Wellsville: Mayor says hate crime is not being 'swept under the rug'

In an exclusive interview tonight, Regional News interviewed Wellsville Mayor Judy Lynch regarding the alleged hate crime committed at a local ball park. The mayor says the village does not condone this action. Lynch instead said she wanted to express the positive side of the story, which includes the rapid community response. Saturday night, the mayor issued this statement:
Contrary to what you may have heard or read, our Police Department is actively investigating this incident.  Our community does not condone graffiti of any kind. What has been circulated throughout the media has not only labeled us in a negative tone unfairly but has also given credence to those responsible for the incident... which is most probably what they feed from. Swept under the rug....absolutely not true.  Painted over....yes to rid our community of having to look at such a deplorable act.
At 7:16 p.m., Police Chief Tim O'Grady issued this statement:
At about 4p.m. today I was notified by State Police command staff, Governor Cuomo has ordered the New York State Police and the State Division of Human Rights to investigate the Quakenbush field graffiti incident. Officers from the Wellsville Police Department will be meeting with State investigators Monday morning.
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