An indication which proclaimed that Donald J. Trump sponsored the beautification on a part of the Henry Hudson Parkway was eliminated earlier this week.
The signal, which was positioned simply north of the West 79th Road exit, may very well be seen by drivers heading south on the freeway for years—and it has been defaced repeatedly. A petition, began in 2020 by Richard Robbins, identified that NYC Division of Transportation’s personal coverage as acknowledged on its web site stated that, “‘Highways can be adopted by individuals, companies, or organizations (but not political candidates and campaigns).’ This sign should have been removed in 2015 and, according to DOT’s policy should not be in place now, as Trump has stated an intention to run again in 2024.”
Town’s DOT advised West Aspect Rag that the signal was paid for not by a politician or marketing campaign however by Trump’s firm, and due to this fact was licensed.
Over the summer season, Meeting Member Linda Rosenthal, a Democrat who represents the Higher West Aspect, had requested the DOT to take away the signal, citing Trump’s divisive presidency. “His methodical efforts to dismantle the building blocks of our democratic institutions culminated in the violent and deadly attack on our nation’s Capital in January 2021,” she stated. “Public officials who encourage people to commit acts of violence, are not entitled to have their name forever enshrined on signage in our community.”
The DOT’s Manhattan borough commissioner, Edward Pincar, let Rosenthal know on Monday that the signal had been taken down, as a result of the settlement between the Trump group and the contractor “expired on November 7th and will not be renewed.”
A brand new signal has been put in, with Fisher Capital Investments as the brand new sponsor.
Robbins, who originated the petition, advised West Aspect Rag he was thrilled with the information: “For years, this sign has been an affront to people on the Upper West Side who are offended by Trump’s racism and misogyny, and more recently his promotion of the insurrection. We are outraged that a president who helped destroy our environment would be credited as a sponsor of a highway ‘beautification’ initiative.”
After the January sixth revolt, Mayor Invoice de Blasio moved to finish all of NYC’s contracts with Trump, together with working ice rinks in Central Park and a golf course within the Bronx. There may be nonetheless Donald Trump State Park in Westchester and Putnam Counties, which is a 436-acre piece of land that the previous president donated solely after he did not develop a golf course there; state lawmakers have been making an attempt to determine the right way to rename it.