NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Two New York state lawmakers say a state park named after Donald Trump should be rechristened after what they say are discriminatory proposals from the businessman and Republican presidential candidate.
State Sen. Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Charles Lavine say they’ll push legislation to rename Donald J. Trump State Park and want signs at the undeveloped site in Westchester and Putnam counties removed.
The two Democrats call their legislation the “Anything but Trump Act.”
“The rhetoric and discriminatory proposals we’ve seen from Mr. Trump don’t belong in the presidential election and don’t belong in New York State Parks,” Squadron said in a statement. “He has dishonored the state and should not be honored with a state park named for him. I look forward to working with Assemblymember Lavine on this issue.”
Lavine said the park is public property, which means it’s owned by all New Yorkers — and all Americans, for that matter.
“Donald J. Trump seems to be doing just fine all on his own without the need for New York state to promote his un-American tirades,” Lavine told WCBS 880’s Kelly Waldron.
The move comes after Trump proposed banning Muslim immigrants from the U.S.
Trump donated the land to the state in 2006 after a plan to build a golf course there fell through. The park was closed in 2010, but signage for the park remains.
A spokeswoman for Trump said he is a proud New Yorker and the state cannot remove the name.
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