A noose was discovered at a New Hartford campground shortly after the parks and recreation director, who is African American, declared his candidacy for first selectman.
Residents find this noose hung in Berkshire Hall at Brodie Park to be disgusting.
"It's wrong. There's no reason for them to do that," said Tom Tyler, who is former New Hartford resident. "This is 2013. People need to get over that stuff."
Parks and recreation director Dennis Minor declared his candidacy for first selectman in Berkshire Hall on Saturday, where reportedly 75 people attended.
"It's unsettling to say the least," said Dave Gallo of New Hartford.
The noose was found in the bathroom at the hall on Monday.
"The part that disturbs me the most is that the building was open when it was done, because there's no other access to that lavatory where they hung it up," Gallo said.
Minor, who's running as an independent and has been serving New Hartford for a decade, told Eyewitness News he wanted to comment, but he said current first selectman, and now political opponent, Daniel Jerram, told him not to.
"I do not feel this was a coincidence," Minor said in a statement. "I made my announcement Saturday in the park - Monday morning the noose was found on the door. But this is a great town and I don't want people to think because of this incident [that] it's not [a great town.]"
A police investigation into the incident has started.
Minor told Eyewitness News this incident is not throwing him off his plan to run for office.
"I feel bad for the guy," said Shondra Hunter of New Hartford. "That's horrible that he has to deal with that.
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