Mayor Refuses to Remove Brian Williams from Welcome Sign

By Mark Joyella 

If you visit the town of Elmira, New York, you’ll still be greeted by a smiling Brian Williams. (He’s at the far left in the photo)

The suspended NBC News anchor is part of an elaborate welcome sign that includes Mark Twain, Tommy Hilfiger and others. According to, the mayor’s received “more than a dozen” calls from residents asking that Williams be removed from the sign.

The mayor, however, is not budging:

“He is one of the more well-known people, and he has come back to Elmira on occasion for celebratory things,” Skidmore said. “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?”