Police are investigating after a noose was found hanging in the men's bathroom at Brodie Park in New Hartford on Monday, according to Dennis Minor, the recreation director.
Staff found it hanging from the back of a door around 8 a.m. on Monday. Minor was at town hall when one of his staffers call and said it had been found.
Minor said he was at the park on Saturday and it wasn’t there. People were also at the park on Sunday and nothing was reported, he said.
The noose was found two days after Minor, who is black, made a campaign announcement at the park that he is beginning his campaign for First Selectman.
"My biggest concern is that people may think this is the way New Hartford is. Like I said, 99-point-99 percent this is not the case, but cause of one rogue person, I would say, don't think that is the makeup of New Hartford," Minor said. "I love this town."
Minor has been the recreation director in New Hartford for 10 years.