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NY Dems renew push to rename closed Donald J. Trump State Park

President Donald Trump is shown in briefing room

President Donald Trump is shown in briefing room of the White House on Thursday. Credit: AP/Jacquelyn Martin

ALBANY — Democrats now in control of the State Senate have reintroduced a bill that would strip Donald Trump’s name from a long-closed state park in the Hudson Valley.

Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) has filed two versions of his proposal. One would simply strip the President’s name from the park, which straddles Westchester and Putnam counties. The other would rename the park in honor of Heather D. Heyer, the woman who was run over and killed by a white supremacist at a Charlottesville, Virginia, rally in 2017.

Trump donated the land to New York in 2006 after his plans for a golf course fell through. The park closed in 2010 because of state budget cuts and has remained shuttered, though some signs are still there.

Hoylman has sponsored the renaming bills before, but neither went anywhere in 2017 or 2018 in the Republican-led Senate.  That could change this year after the Democrats won a resounding Senate majority on Election Day.

“Having a park named after you is an honor Donald Trump doesn’t deserve,” Hoylman said Friday. “New Yorkers should take a stand against his racism and divisiveness by renaming this state park.”

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