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Rozic gets hate mail after announcing bill to rename Donald J. Trump State Park

Assemblywoman Nily Rozic said she recieved hate mail after announcing her bill to rename Donald J. Trump State Park.
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Despite backlash, state Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Flushing) is continuing to push for legislation that would rename Donald J. Trump State Park to Heather D. Heyer State Park, after the demonstrator who was mowed down in Charlottesville, Va., last month.

Rozic said she has received anti-Semitic hate mail following her announcement of the legislation that would direct the commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to rename the park, located in Yorktown Heights to Heather D. Heyer State Park.

“As soon as they came in, I followed that law and notified the NYPD to have them filed on record,” she said of the hate mail. “In the meantime, no threat will stop me from working for my district, and I will never compromise the values that brought me to this office, no matter how many more hostilities, postcards or otherwise come in.”

According to the Declaration of Policy of the Office of Parks, state parks should foster and strengthen the sense of purpose, well-being and identity of the citizens of this state. Rozic said the renaming would acknowledge that its current designation does not reflect the goals of uplifting and unifying New Yorkers.

“New York has always been a state that celebrates the strength in our diversity and has made it clear, time and time again, that hate has no place in our communities,” she said. “The events that unfolded in Charlottesville and across the nation will continue being called out by Americans whose values are rooted in progress and equality.”

Heyer died Aug. 12 at a “Unite the Right” event in Charottesville. The rally was in response to the planned removal of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee statue and quickly escalated into violence against protesters and anti-racist demonstrators. Things came to a head when white supremacist James Fields, Jr., drove his car into a crowd of demonstrators, killing the 32-year-old paralegal and injuring 19 others. Hayer has been remembered by family and friends as someone who actively spoke out against racism and discrimination in her community.

“Heather Heyer’s life was taken away by white supremacists who have been emboldened ever since President Trump took office,” Rozic said. “In New York, we continue standing by one another and calling out those who seek to divide us. This activism is not new – it is embedded in our state’s history, and renaming Donald J. Trump State Park would serve as a reminder of the transformative power it holds to carry us forward.”

Rozic has stood against Trump several times since his election.

The assemblywoman passed a bill that would allow parents to appoint a standby guardian in the event of administrative separation in response to fears about ICE upping its presence in neighborhoods. She also joined the National Association of Jewish Legislators urging Trump to fill the current vacancy in the U.S. Department of State for a Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism.

Reach Gina Martinez by e-mail at gmartinez@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

Posted 12:00 am, September 22, 2017
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philipmorris from NY says:
The Rozic woman is a liar and has received no 'hate mail'. What she did receive, however, was attention to the fact that Heyer is being used for political pandering plus Heyer was not a NY resident. Add to that Rozic implying that President Trump is a 'racist' yet she has not provided one iota of proof of that. Rozic has not contributed anything for the betterment of American life nor for the Jewish people. She is nothing more than a wanna-be-great political nitwit. Read her facebook page and see what multiples of people think of her, and rightly so.
Sept. 22, 2017, 4:30 am
Joaquin from Bayside says:
Silly Nilly didn't make issues of these types of matters when the obamafella was holding soul train ensembles in the wh.
Sept. 22, 2017, 10:05 am
yshaggy from jamaica says:
Sounds like she's mad and being a loser will do that to people, and from this story it sounds to me like she is not fit for this office if this is one of her issues.
Sept. 22, 2017, 10:26 am

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