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A08668 Summary:

BILL NOA08668
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORRozic
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
 
Directs the commissioner of the office of parks, recreation and historic preservation to provide for the re-designation of Donald J. Trump State Park, in Putnam and Westchester counties to Heather D. Heyer State Park.
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A08668 Actions:

BILL NOA08668
 
09/11/2017referred to tourism, parks, arts and sports development
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A08668 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A8668
 
SPONSOR: Rozic
  TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to directing the commissioner of the office of parks, recreation and historic preservation to provide for the re-designation of Donald J. Trump State Park, in Putnam and West- chester counties to Heather D. Heyer State Park   PURPOSE: This bill would direct the commissioner of the office of parks, recre- ation and historic preservation to rename Donald J. Trump State Park.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section I of the bill provides for the re-designation of Donald J. Trump State Park as well as the installation and maintenance of signage to this effect. Section II sets forth the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: New York State has always been known for its history of welcoming and embracing people of all cultures and backgrounds. The strength of our diversity and the values we hold high are even reflected in our park system. 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 public parks and green spaces should embody the goals of uplifting and unifying New Yorkers. For these reasons, the Donald J. Trump State Park should be renamed. Americans across the nation have spoken out against the policy proposals the Trump Administration has put forth that are discriminatory, divi- sive, and misguided. Since January 2017, people have organized protests and rallies in defense of our values while pledging to uphold progress that has taken place on the local level. These people include young Americans like Heather D. Heyer, whose life was taken away at the hands of white supremacists rallying in Charlottesville, Virginia. The events that unfolded in Charlottesville are another reminder and example of the work ahead in ensuring that hate does not win. It was for this reason that Heather, who worked as a paralegal on discrimination cases, had joined so many others that day push back against the rise in racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic rhetoric that has no place in our communities. In New York, we have and continue to stand together working on measures that protect our communities from harm while reaffirming our commitment to progress. As we move forward, it is important to recovi7e those who embody these values and their contributions. Re-naming Donald J. Trump State Park to Heather D. Heyer State Park would not only honor her name and her activism, but serve as a reminder of how important it is for us to denounce those who seek to divide us.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill in the Assembly.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A08668 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          8668
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                   September 11, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. ROZIC -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development
 
        AN ACT in relation to directing the commissioner of the office of parks,
          recreation and historic preservation to provide for the re-designation
          of Donald J. Trump State Park, in Putnam and Westchester  counties  to
          Heather D. Heyer State Park
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. The commissioner of the office  of  parks,  recreation  and
     2  historic  preservation shall provide for the re-designation of Donald J.
     3  Trump State Park, in Putnam and Westchester counties to Heather D. Heyer
     4  State Park. The commissioner of the  office  of  parks,  recreation  and
     5  historic preservation shall provide for the installation and maintenance
     6  of appropriate signage and any other administrative actions necessary to
     7  implement the provisions of this act.
     8    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
 
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD13455-01-7
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