NYC Mayor de Blasio ‘assumes’ Jefferson statue will be removed from City Hall, punts responsibility

NYC Mayor de Blasio ‘assumes’ Jefferson statue will be removed from City Hall, punts responsibility

Mayor de Blasio said Thursday he expects a statue of Thomas Jefferson will get the heave-ho from City Hall after a design commission he appointed reviews a request to remove it next week. If approved, the request, which originated with City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and the Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, would result in the statue of the Founding Father being moved out of the City Council chamber and housed indefinitely at the New-York Historical Society. The statue has stood in City Hall for nearly 200 years, but is coming up for review by de Blasio’s Public Design Commission because of Jefferson’s history as a slave owner. The commission is expected to review the matter on Monday. “I start with the assumption that it will be approved, but …
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