Trump sign at Cortland County Airport taken down

CORTLAND, N.Y. — A yard sign for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was removed from the grounds of the Cortland County Airport Thursday afternoon.

The 24″ x 16″ sign that read “Team Trump: Rebuild America” could be seen on county airport property on Route 222 Thursday morning but was removed by the end of the day.

Eric Mulvhill, clerk of the Cortland County Legislature, said the sign was removed as soon as county officials were notified of its placement on county property.

“It was brought to my attention [Thursday], and as soon as we were notified about it, I went and personally removed the sign,” Mulvihill said. “That sign was not put there on any authority by any county official. In no way shape or form is the county endorsing any political candidate.”

A "Team Trump" sign at the Cortland County Airport Thursday morning. The sign was taken down by a county official (photo provided).

A “Team Trump” sign at the Cortland County Airport Thursday morning. The sign has since been taken down by a county official (photo provided).

Mulvihill said the sign was likely put there by a person who rented space at the airport, or by a passerby.

“Unfortunately, that does happen from time to time,” he said. “Folks will put things in public rights of way on DOT-owned property. It’s not allowed, it’s not legal, but it does happen.”

Mulvihill said the county has no way of verifying who put the sign there and does not plan on investigating the issue further.

The airport is overseen by county highway superintendent Phil Krey, who was made aware of the issue Thursday, Mulvhill said.

Krey could not be reached for comment Friday.