Island politicians call mayor's monuments commission's recommendations waste of taxpayer money

Jan 17, 2018 881

BY: Sydney Kashiwagi

News of Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio's monuments commission's recommendations for what to do with controversial statues and monuments on New York City property is being cautiously celebrated by many Staten Island politicians. On Thursday, De Blasio's commission recommended that most controversial monuments and statues be kept where they are with historical markers added to give additional context.

The Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers was put together by de Blasio following nationwide protests over Confederate statues. The commission has recommended that the Christopher Columbus statue located in Columbus Circle remain, but it plans to add historical markers around the circle to provide context.

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