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Last week, American Legion Sixth Memorial Post No. 1833 received a notice of encroachment/order on a bench that was painted with the American flag, according to the New York Post. The New York City Department of Transportation stated that they received a complaint about the bench so the American Legion would have to remove it. One complaint. One. Then after the firestorm, the DOT rescinded the order, calling it erroneous.
Some in the Post article blamed Mayor De Blasio for the complaint, since his former home is not far from the bench. And they definitely felt “singled out” because the bench was painted like an American flag.
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The bench was put up in April. It was meant to be a conversation piece. It got way more than that.
“There are other businesses on Fifth Avenue that have a bench on the sidewalk. I don’t see anyone bothering them. I think it’s because of the flag.” Salvador Oliva, Sergeant-at-arms for the American Legion Post.
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