City of Geneva’s 9/11 event comes in aftermath of vandalism

The city has been paying homage to those who died in the Sept. 11 terror attacks — as well as those who responded in their aftermath — for 16 years, but tomorrow morning’s ceremony may be more poignant than ever.

The 10 a.m. event near Long Pier at Lakefront Park comes following the arrest last week of a Yates County woman, who is accused of spray-painting a Sept. 11 monument dedicated to first responders that was donated by the Fratto family, as well as a nearby World War II Memorial.

The city praised its public works employees for quickly cleaning the memorials that were vandalized Aug. 26, although police said some of the spray paint is still faintly visible because workers feared damaging the monuments with stronger chemicals.

“While we are disappointed and saddened by the vandalism that occurred, we are grateful for the work of the Geneva Police Department in bringing this person to justice,” said Assistant City Manager Adam Blowers by email.

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