Democrats in the New York state legislature are pushing a bill to rename Donald J. Trump State Park, a park about 50 miles north of New York City.
The park is a 436-acre area of unused land about eight miles east of Peekskill, New York.
“New York State has always been known for its history of welcoming and embracing people of all cultures and backgrounds,” the bill states. “Even our park system reflects these values.”
The bill continues, “According to the Declaration of Policy of the Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation, our parks should foster and strengthen the sense of purpose, well-being and identity of the citizens of this state.”
“The names of these parks and green spaces should embody the goals of uplifting and unifying New Yorkers,” the bill puts forth.
“For these reasons the Donald J. Trump State Park should be renamed.”
Trump bought the land for the purpose of building a golf course. That plan was changed so the former president donated the land to the state in 2006.
His only stipulation was that the area was named after him. But the land never actually became a state park.
Trying to change the name of this New York land is not a new effort.
In 2015, two Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill titled the “Anything But Trump Act.”
Democratic Assemblyman Charles Lavine said six years ago, “It is time the state of New York sends a message to Donald Trump that his hate speech is not welcome in our great state.”
“I am confident that the governor will take our letters into consideration,” he added. “If he is unable to act, then we are prepared to move forward with this legislation.”
The latest bill to change the name was sponsored by Democratic Assemblywoman Nily Rozic who said, “Our parklands should be reflective of New Yorkers that we can be proud of, New Yorkers that have expressed our values.”
She added, “There are a lot of other New Yorkers who are worthy of the honor of having a park named after themselves.”
“We’ve been working on this for a number of years, and I certainly am hopeful that it will get the green light and move forward,” she continued.
She finished, “At the end of the day, we want people to be able to appreciate parkland and be able to visit it without stigma, without shame, and we want to be able to be proud of our open spaces.”
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