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