Reverend Jeremiah Lennox was strolling down River Street in Troy under the Collar City Bridge. It was about a month ago, and Lennox says he saw something on a pole he could not believe.
"They stood out. Took a moment ‘am I actually seeing this or,’" Lennox said. "I realized what they were and immediately started stripping them off."
He saw stickers with phrases such as "diversity means no white neighborhoods."
Lennox informed others in the community to be on the lookout for these stickers. It didn't take long for others to be uncovered, and then removed.
Other stickers stated: "You are hated. You have no rights. You are disrespected. You are white. Strike back.”
The stickers appear to be connected to "Hundred Handers,” which is an online community that many consider to be a white supremacist group.
"It quite angers me," Lennox said. "These are not folks that stand for the sanctity of life in any way, shape, or form."
City Councilman Anasha Cummings says this is not the message that the city stands for. He says the collar city is an incredibly diverse community and vibrant because of it.
"When you walk around Troy, you see all sorts of people from all different walks of life and that's what makes it incredible," Cummings said.
"Troy stands against discrimination in all its forms," Madden said. "Racism, bigotry and prejudice have no place in our community."
"Troy is the Home of Uncle Sam and should and will not stand for any type of bigotry, discrimination or hate aimed at residents in our community," Mantello said.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to help local authorities find those responsible.
"These materials are not just spreading hate speech, they are inciting fear and division within our communities, and we must all stand together and disavow this hate-fueled rhetoric immediately," Cuomo said.