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Yorktown Judicial Candidate Puzzled By Missing Signs

Richard Abbate has had more than 120 campaign signs go missing.
Richard Abbate has had more than 120 campaign signs go missing. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Richard Abbate
One of Richard Abbate's signs that have gone missing.
One of Richard Abbate's signs that have gone missing. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Richard Abbate

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- For Richard Abbate, it's up to 120 stolen signs and counting.

Abbate, who is running on the Democratic ticket for Yorktown Town Justice against Republican Gary Raniolo, said more than 120 of his campaign signs have gone missing.

The candidate said he has no idea who is taking the signs nor why anyone is taking them.

"I place my signs on private property and every night they tend to disappear," Abbate, who has put his signs out in front of local businesses, said.

Abbate said he first started noticing it in early September and by the time he had 40 missing signs, he reported it to Yorktown Police, who are investigating.

"I felt a little foolish at first," Abbate said. "When they first started going missing, I thought it was just some kids or the wind. When it's approaching this amount, it's starting to be something."

While the signs only cost $2, 120 missing signs is starting to add up.

"It's aggravating," Abbate said.

The signs have disappeared within two hours of Abbate putting them up.

In The Examiner, Yorktown Code Enforcement Officer Jason Zeif said Abbate has been placing signs in public spots, in violation of a town ordinance, and he had removed about 10 signs.

Abbate said he has only recovered two of his signs from the town and that he doesn't place signs on public property.

"I've seen one sign on public property for three weeks," Abbate said. "People are weedwhacking around it."

Calling it disheartening, sophomoric and juvenile, Abbate said he has no idea who could be doing it.

"It could be a crazy person who doesn't like me," Abbate said.

In a race that he said can boil down to name recognition, Abbate said his missing signs could hurt him.

"I'm just trying to do the right thing," Abbate said.

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