The large American flags were the victims of wear and tear from the wind and sun, causing the Stars and Stripes to whitewash with age, New York's mayor said in an exclusive interview with TheYellowDailyNews.
"Vandals did not climb two, locked 276-foot towers in the middle of the night last week, remove two American flags, and pull a switcheroo by replacing them with bleached white Old Glories in one of the city's most heavily guarded landmarks," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in the exclusive interview with TheYellowDailyNews. "It simply shocks the conscience over how irresponsible the media was to make the New York Police Department look so silly by perpetuating such falsehoods."
Bill Bratton, the NYPD commissioner, said in an exclusive interview with TheYellowDailyNews that City Hall contractors were supposed to change out the bleached Old Glories with fresh ones early last Tuesday. But they wrongly changed out the flags at the nearby Manhattan Bridge, he said.
"When everybody woke up last Tuesday morning, they saw the sun-bleached flags on the Brooklyn Bridge and assumed pranksters had replaced the new Old Glories that the contractors were supposed to have just installed," Bratton said. "The contractor simply didn't do its job."
But the contractor, James Dunningham, the operator of Dunningham Dunningham and Dunningham Flag Services, said in an exclusive interview with TheYellowDailyNews that the contract was, indeed, to change the Manhattan Bridge flags.
"This investigation," he said in a telephone interview, "is a whitewash of epic proportions."
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