Judge Jeanine Pirro responds after picture partially removed from ‘Welcome to Elmira’ sign

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – A day after someone plastered a picture of Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro over MSNBC Anchor Brian Williams on the ‘Welcome to Elmira’ sign, most of Pirro’s picture has been removed.

The image of Pirro was first seen over Williams on Thursday morning to the surprise of many. Elmira Mayor Dan Mandell told 18 News later that day that the city would address the issue, but it’s not clear who removed Pirro from the sign.

Through a FOX News spokesperson, FOX News Channel host Judge Jeanine Pirro stated:

“Like Tommy Hilfiger and Eileen Collins, I am proud to have been born and raised in Elmira. A city I love, Elmira is a place I have remained connected to over the course of my life. My mom, Esther Ferris, lived there until she passed two years ago and I have the fondest memories. I will always be grateful for what Elmira gave to my family and me.” 

Pirro’s image was still on the sign around 10 a.m. on Friday morning, but by around 12 p.m. all that was left was the bottom of her picture and some of her hair. 18 News has reached out to the Mayor and Public Works to see if the city removed the sign or if an individual took it upon themselves to remove it.

The sign on East Church Street features many of Elmira’s most famous residents, including Williams, author Mark Twain, designer Tommy Hilfiger, Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis, astronaut Eileen Collins, Underground Railroad agent John Jones, and movie producer Hal Roach.

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