NEW YORK — A monument honoring important staff’ efforts through the COVID-19 pandemic will change places after residents in Battery Park Metropolis have been sad with the place it was initially going to be constructed.
A spokesperson for Gov. Andrew Cuomo mentioned this was an try to stay engaged with the local people.
“This undertaking all the time integrated group enter and that is simply the newest reflection of that,” spokesperson Jordan Bennett instructed PIX11 Information. “We’re dedicated to constructing a monument to important staff that New Yorkers can be pleased with.”
Development for a monument honoring important staff was anticipated to start in Battery Park Metropolis on Monday, however a gaggle of New Yorkers gathered to talk out in opposition to the undertaking.
Employees have been set to tear up timber within the part of the park the place the monument will go up, nonetheless, images present a number of protesters disrupted the development.
The protesters mentioned the park house was very important through the pandemic — and nonetheless is — particularly for the town’s youngsters. In addition they mentioned Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave the undertaking the inexperienced mild with none public conferences or hearings.
They’ve requested the governor to pause the work and rethink a option to honor important staff with out sacrificing the restricted greenspace left in Manhattan.
“Over the following week the Battery Park Metropolis Authority will proceed to have interaction with our neighbors, representatives of important staff and the governor’s workplace to debate the placement of the monument in Battery Park Metropolis to make sure it’s one which’s optimum for your complete group,” mentioned George Tsunis, the Battery Park Metropolis Authority Chairman. “Important staff have devoted their time, power and lives to serving to New York get by way of the pandemic and it’s an honor to assist and memorialize them with a monument that’s as liked and revered as they’re.”
Deliberate building of the monument can be paused by way of the approaching vacation weekend.