Greenfield, Adams team up to offer reward for arrest of Robinson statue vandal
Hoping to spur residents who have information on the shocking vandalism of the Jackie Robinson statue outside MCU Park in Coney Island into coming forward, Councilman David Greenfield and state Sen. Eric Adams are teaming up to offer a $1,500 reward.
The two lawmakers said they are offering the reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for defacing the statue that stands outside the Brooklyn Cyclones ballpark on Surf Avenue. The statue depicts Robinson, the first black man to play major league baseball, and his Brooklyn Dodgers teammate, Pee Wee Reese. The vandals scrawled anti-black and anti-Semitic slurs on the base of the statue, according to authorities. The vandalism was discovered on Aug. 7.
Mark Treyger, a Bensonhurst civic activist and a Democratic candidate for the City Council seat in the 47th District (Coney Island-Gravesend-parts of Bensonhurst) has joined Greenfield and Adams in the reward offer.
“I am very concerned about the rise of hateful and anti-Semitic incidents here in Brooklyn and throughout New York City. The fact that a statue celebrating the historic friendship of Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese was vandalized with anti-black and anti-Semitic graffiti makes this incident even more despicable,” Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-Bensonhurst) said.