[Ed. – Hard to imagine which way her decision will go … the options being to drop the statues in the East River or take a wrecking ball to them.]
Speaking during a Friday morning press conference, de Blasio backed his decision to promote New York City first lady Chirlane McCray to a city commission focused on “racial justice and reconciliation” that will assess whether statues of Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson should be removed.
“This is exactly the kind of thing that this new commissions needs to examine,” de Blasio told reporters. “I think it is the time to evaluate the entire look and feel of this city, and a commission that’s focused on justice and reconciliation can really think about a bigger approach. I’m going to charge them with that task.”
McCray … has already overseen a task force to consider building new statues throughout the city. In 2017, McCray drew heated criticism for her commission’s decision to forego building a statue for Italian American nun Mother Cabrini.