A spokesman for Noam Bramson’s County Executive campaign condemned Somers Supervisor Mary Beth Murphy’s decision to order police to remove a political sign from what appeared to be private property in Somers, and called on Rob Astorino to second his call. Murphy is Astorino’s running mate for County Clerk on the Republican and Conservative Party lines this year.

“Gun safety is a crucial issue in this election, and people have a right to express their beliefs about it regardless of what side of the aisle they’re on,” said Bramson spokesman Barry Caro. “During this campaign, Mr. Astorino has plastered lawn signs on public property throughout Westchester regardless of local restrictions. That’s why we hope he’ll join us in condemning his running mate’s censorship. Somers should allow Mr. Gibson to oppose gun safety laws, just as we expect we’ll be allowed to publicly support them.”

Caro also stressed that the police officers who had been following directives from Somers’ elected officials had done nothing wrong, and that it was utterly unacceptable for anyone to receive death threats over their perceived political beliefs.

“It should go without saying, but death threats against police or anyone else cross every line of decency and civility,” Caro concluded. “We disagree strongly with Mr. Gibson and Mr. Astorino on gun safety policy, but everyone has a right to express his or her opinion.”