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Signs on Van Protest Tarrytown Administrator Blau

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – A maroon van covered with signs protesting Tarrytown Village Administrator Michael Blau and the aftermath of the deaths of John Kelly and Anthony Ruggiero was parked outside the Silver Tips Tearoom Friday afternoon.

“Save Tarrytown: Fire Mike Blau Now!” and “Mike Blau: They Die You Lie” were two signs hanging on the car. The signs raised arguments similar to those in a recent petition submitted by a group of residents calling themselves the Citizens for Better Government of Tarrytown.

The owner of the van could not be located. It is unclear whether the petitioners and the owner of the van are related.

The van was parked near Tarrytown's busiest intersection at Broadway and Main Street.

The petition urged Tarrytown to investigate the actions of Blau after the two deaths, saying Blau lied and may have forged documents about whether the village had a confined space policy in place at the time of the accident.

Kelly and Ruggiero died when they both entered a manhole behind a Consolidated Engine Company and were overcome with fumes.

Signs directed at Tarrytown Mayor Drew Fixell were also posted along Route 9 in Sleepy Hollow, asking “How Low Can He Go?” with flames at the bottom of the sign.

Facebook readers of The Daily Tarrytown had different reactions to the signs and the van.

Former resident John Naples said he loved it. Reader Tricia Taxter wrote “Freedom of Speech – gotta love it!”

Reader Walter Ferguson said emotions were still running high.

“We are still mourning the loss of two very well-liked Tarrytowners,” he wrote, “Healing takes time and understanding and honesty.”

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