New York, NY State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D,WF-Fresh Meadows) and State Senator Brad Hoylman (D,WF-Manhattan) visited Donald J. Trump State Park to call attention to their effort to rename the state park. The lawmakers, who carry legislation to rename the park (A5319/S444 and A5320/S443), visited the site following multiple reports that the parkland was dilapidated. Local residents have previously expressed concern about the parks maintenance and investment.
State Parks are the heart of New York, and should never be on sale to the highest bidder, said Assemblywoman Nily Rozic. In an effort to best serve New Yorkers and visitors alike, we need to recognize that the current designation is not uplifting of New York values and its current state does not provide a safe, welcoming space for all.
Senator Brad Hoylman said: Having a park named after you is an honor Donald Trump doesn't deserve. It's time for New York to take a stand against his racism and divisiveness by renaming this state park. I look forward to working with Assembly Member Rozic, Senator Harckham, and the rest of my colleagues in the Legislature to pass this legislation and explore new funding as soon as we return to session."
The Rozic-Hoylman legislation would direct the commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) to rename the park, located in Westchester and Putnam counties. According to the Declaration of Policy of OPRHP, state parks should foster and strengthen the sense of purpose, well-being and identity of the citizens of this state.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more. In the last year, New York State Parks saw visitation increase 4 percent from the year prior, with the total number of visitors rising from 71.5 million to 74.1 million.
According to the New York State Department of Parks and Recreation, Donald J. Trump Park is considered a passive park. It is not listed on the Departments website.