Keith Batman is offering yard signs to supporters of his state Assembly campaign after sign thefts were reported in the town of Moravia this week.
Batman, D-Scipio, shared a Moravia Republican Register story on his social media accounts Friday which describes the thefts. Residents reported that signs supporting the Assembly candidate and Democratic congressional challenger Dana Balter have been stolen.
On Saturday, Batman issued a news release jokingly condemning the "brazen band of sign stealers."
"Hey, I get it: Who doesn't want Batman merchandise?" he said. "In all seriousness, please respect your neighbors and leave their signs alone. If you'd like one for yourself, contact my office and one will happily be provided free of charge."
Batman's campaign office can be contacted at (315) 563-1496 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's not uncommon for yard signs to be stolen during the course of a campaign. In the 23rd Congressional District race, supporters of Democratic candidate Tracy Mitrano were blamed for the theft of yard signs placed by Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Reed's campaign.
Stealing yard signs from a residential property is a crime. Thieves could be charged with petit larceny and face jail time or a fine.
Batman, a Cayuga County legislator and former Scipio town supervisor, is challenging Assemblyman Gary Finch in the 126th Assembly District race. Finch, R-Springport, has been in office since 1999.
The 126th Assembly District includes parts of Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland and Onondaga counties.