ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM)- People on their morning commute may have noticed the sign that welcomes visitors to the City of Elmira with the faces of the area’s most influential residents on East Church Street off I-86 looked different.
The sign highlighting some of Elmira’s greatest has been defaced. Brian Williams, former NBC anchor and host of ‘The 11th Hour with Brian Williams,’ face was replaced with Judge Jeanine Pirro, host of Fox News Channel’s Justice with Judge Jeanine.
Dan Mandell, the mayor for the City of Elmira, said the reason for this vandalism is still unknown.
“We’ll take care of it, get it removed, and preserve the original sign the way it originally was when we had it built,” said Mandell. “It just surprises me a little bit. I’d like to know how they got up there to do it for the other ones. When I first heard about it, it looked like it was Photoshopped and not an actual cut out picture.”
Williams was previously suspended over lying about his war reporting duties in Iraq, leading some residents to want Williams, who spent part of his childhood in town, off the sign. Williams was not born in Elmira, but he lived there as a boy before his family moved to New Jersey. He lived on West Church Street and attended Hendy Avenue Elementary School.
Among the notable former Elmirans are fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger, astronaut Eileen Collins, American writer Mark Twain, and American football player Ernie Davis.