Glass shards closed a Niskayuna community pool while it gets cleaned and police are looking for those responsible. Our Erin Vannella reports.
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NISKAYUNA, N.Y. -- "It's really sad ‘cause nobody can swim now in the outdoor pool," said John Laporta, a Niskayuna resident and JCC member.
Jewish Community Center members are hung out to dry after vandals target their pool, first by throwing in chairs.
"This Monday, there was another incident. People came and they brought with them a globe, like one of these light globes, only theirs was blue and they broke it in the pool," said JCC Executive Director Mark Weintraub.
That meant closing the pool so it could be drained, vacuumed and certified to reopen by the county health department.
"All I can say is that it's not a joke and unfortunately, it has cost us and the community, in terms of time and expense, significantly," said Weintraub.
Frustrated members, while hopeful they can jump in again Saturday, said timing could not be worse.
"It's just unfortunate this incident occurred right when the week of camp started and summer break," said Christine Laporta, a Niskayuna resident and JCC member. "It put a lot of families out of commission, at least for using the pool outside."
"We had a lot of volunteers come yesterday and help drain the pool and we're getting it back to where it's supposed to be and we're on track of filling it up," said Kate Laporta, a Niskayuna resident and JCC member.
Center directors said JCC will have to reassess its property security to make sure after refilling the 340,000 gallon pool that no one drains it again.
"I would say this man or woman should be very ashamed of themselves for many people ‘cause they like the JCC very much and they like the outdoor pool," said John Laporta.
Niskayuna Police have no suspects.