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NY Official: Rename Trump Park for Heather Heyer

NY Official: Rename Trump Park for Heather Heyer
A counterprotester holds a photo of Heather Heyer on Boston Common at a "Free Speech" rally organized by conservative activists, Aug. 19, 2017, in Boston. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 06 September 2017 04:41 PM

A New York official is pushing to rename Trump Park in honor of Heather Heyer, the woman who died in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month after a man drove a car into demonstrators protesting at a white supremacy rally, BuzzFeed reported Wednesday.

Assembly Member Nily Rozic is planning to introduce a bill that directs the commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to change the name of Donald J. Trump State Park in Westchester County, New York, to "Heather D. Heyer State Park."

Rozic, a Queens Democrat, said, "the renaming would acknowledge that its current designation does not reflect the goals of uplifting and unifying New Yorkers."

State parks, according to the commission's policy, "should foster and strengthen the sense of purpose, well-being and identity of the citizens of the state."

Trump donated the park to New York State in 2006, but it has been closed to the public since 2010 because of budget cuts. Former New York State Sen. Daniel Squadron in 2015 tried to have the park's name changed by introducing an "Anything But Trump Act," after Trump proposed banning Muslim immigrants from the U.S.

Heyer was among a group of protestors demonstrating at a rally of white nationalists.

"Heather Heyer's life was taken away by white supremacists who have been emboldened ever since President Trump took office," Rozic said. "In New York, we continue standing by one another and calling out those who seek to divide us. This activism is not new — it is embedded in our state's history and re-naming Donald J. Trump State Park would serve as a reminder of the transformative power it holds to carry us forward."

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A New York official is pushing to rename Trump Park in honor of Heather Heyer, the woman who died in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month after a man drove a car into demonstrators protesting at a white supremacy rally, BuzzFeed reported Wednesday.
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