A bill that would launch a legal review of taking former President Donald Trump's name off a state park in the Hudson Valley advanced through the state Senate on Thursday as lawmakers make another effort to change the name of the site.
The park was named for Trump in 2006 after he donated the 400-acre parcel of undeveloped land in Westchester and Putnam counties. The bill backed on Thursday in the state Senate would have the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation conduct a legal review of what it would take to find a new name for the site.
Once complete, pending legal authority, the parks office would have the authority to change the name of the park and install new signs. The bill is reflective of a years-long effort to rename the park, but doing so has been legally murky for the state.
"New York’s Senate just gave Donald Trump an early birthday present: we’re stripping his name from a state park," said Sen. Brad Hoylman, a candidate for Manhattan borough president, who is sponsoring the bill alongside Assemblywoman Nily Rozic. "The mob violence that Trump incited on January 6 led to the storming of the U.S. Capitol, the death of five people, including a police officer, and an unprecedented second impeachment. Trump has dishonored the state and should not be honored with a state park named for him."
Hoylman added the park's new name should be done with input from the community.