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Manhattan, NY - Central Park Benches at Risk Due to Madoff Name on Plaques

Published on: March 11, 2009 09:21 PM
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Manhattan, NY - Four benches in New York’s Central Park honoring disgraced Wall Street executive Bernard Madoff could be targeted by vandals, area residents say.

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“I think someone will absolutely vandalize these if they realize they’re connected to him,” said teacher Julie Rotondi, 27, who saw the Madoff plaques on four benches in Central Park.
“It’s only a matter of time, and everyone hates him.”

The benches, near the East 67th Street entrance, were donated by Madoff and his family years ago “in memory” of his parents and his wife’s parents.

Pete Gleason, an ex-cop and firefighter now running for City Council, said, “How long is it going to take for us to rid ourselves of the scourge of the Madoff name? The city should absolutely take these plaques down.”

Angela Monzakitis, 33, said, “They should rename them after the families that have been affected by” Madoff’s fraud.


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 Mar 11, 2009 at 09:37 PM meni Says:

Name it madof victims memorial

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 Mar 11, 2009 at 10:14 PM Eli Says:

If you read between the lines in this article, this is basically an invitation to vandalize these benches.

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 Mar 11, 2009 at 09:27 PM Anonymous Says:

Well, now that they publicized it, I'm sure they'll be defaced.

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 Mar 11, 2009 at 09:11 PM Anonymous Says:

they should sell the benches and pay some of the victims back

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 Mar 11, 2009 at 09:05 PM Anonymous Says:

if they remove them, can i buy the plaques as a souvenir?

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 Mar 11, 2009 at 08:59 PM dame edna Says:

i wish i would have known.. i would have been carting those suckers off in no time....can you imagine how much they would be worth on ebay?

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 Mar 11, 2009 at 08:50 PM Anonymous Says:

""I think someone will absolutely vandalize these if they realize they're connected to him," said teacher Julie Rotondi, 27"

Well if we didn't realize before, we realize that after this article. Smart move, publishing it. :/

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 Mar 11, 2009 at 11:03 PM nypd camera station 57942 Says:

there is a nypd camera facing the bench area so use caution

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 Mar 11, 2009 at 11:33 PM Anonymous Says:

I'm sure the NYPD has at least 3 SWAT teams on full alert to prevent any unauthorized plaque removals, so proceed with extreme caution.

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 Mar 12, 2009 at 12:10 AM robroy560 Says:

Normally I do not condone violence or desstruction of property. But man, would I love to have a huge bonfire with these. Of course they may not burn, depending on the material.

Or we could hurl those plaques through their penthouse windows.

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 Mar 12, 2009 at 12:33 PM The Truth Says:

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robroy560 Says:

Normally I do not condone violence or desstruction of property. But man, would I love to have a huge bonfire with these. Of course they may not burn, depending on the material.

Or we could hurl those plaques through their penthouse windows.

how would that solve anything? Just because he lost (your?) money, destroying property is just pointless violence. Taking the bench for oneself I can understand (although doubt it will raise much - probably less than the price of getting it home).

Hurling the plaques sounds even more stupid - apart from pointless violence (plus you can achieve the same damage with a stone), you are now returning anything of value you may have got from him and you are just giving back to him more items for him to give to his friends!

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 Jan 07, 2010 at 10:08 AM Anonymous Says:

Those plaques cost $25,000 each

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