The mayor of the upstate New York community where Brian Williams lived as a child has refused to remove the embattled NBC News anchor’s face from the town’s highway welcome sign.
Lohud.com reports that Elmira Mayor Sue Skidmore has received numerous complaints in light of Williams’ various embellishments about his time spent reporting from war zones. But she has no intention to take his face off the sign.
“He is one of the more well-known people, and he has come back to Elmira on occasion for celebratory things,” she told Lohud. “Everybody makes mistakes.”
She added: “The bigger question is where do you get the money to take it down and who decides who goes back up?”
Williams was born in Elmira and lived there as a child before moving with his family to New Jersey several years later.
The sign was erected in 2003 near the town’s exit from the Southern Tier Expressway. Other faces that grace the roadside sign include legendary author Mark Twain and fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger.
Williams is currently serving a six-month suspension from NBC after being caught exaggerating and/or lying about his past experiences while reporting from military conflicts abroad.
[Image via Lohud.com]
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