Cuomo’s monument to essential workers delayed again to include community contribution – NBC New York
New York’s latest landmark – this one dedicated to the state’s frontline pandemic workers – may have encountered its biggest problem yet, with state officials pressing the reset button .
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plans to erect a monument in Lower Manhattan essentially reverted to the drawing board with the goal of erecting the monument with community input, a key difference from the original attempt to l ‘State.
It has been almost three weeks since the governor unveiled plans for the construction of the new monument at Battery City Park, which was originally scheduled to be completed by Labor Day, September 6. This date is no longer achievable due to the delay.
The protests from the neighbors of Battery City Park were almost instantaneous. Numerous staging demonstrations at the proposed site indicated that the monument’s location was chosen without public meetings or hearings on the plan, which called for cutting down trees and replacing grass with concrete.
Battery Park City Authority chairman George Tsunis, who has led the project and has met with protesters for hours over the past few weeks, has confirmed that Project Circle of Heroes will take the necessary step back to integrate more community partners.
Critics have voiced their opposition not to the monument itself, but to the park’s potential loss to another monument in the neighborhood.
“To continue to incorporate public feedback into the process, we will be establishing a new expanded advisory committee made up of local stakeholders, essential worker representatives and others to review options within Battery Park City to select a site and a design for a welcome and a world. class monument that our essential workers so deserve, ”Tsunis said on Monday.
There was no new deadline included in his statement.
Had it been completed before Labor Day, the monument honoring New York’s frontline heroes would have been the third monument installed in Battery Park City in 12 months. Cuomo unveiled a hurricane memorial in March this year and a statue of Mother Cabrini five months earlier.
Cuomo said the monument will include 19 red maple trees symbolizing the essential workers who transported New York City during the pandemic, including nurses, doctors, healthcare workers, transit workers, police, paramedics and paramedics. paramedics, firefighters, correctional officers, store workers, National Guard, government workers, construction workers, utility and communications workers, delivery drivers, teachers, sanitation workers, laborers construction and manufacturing, restaurant and hotel workers.
The union leadership commission representing all essential workers chose the Battery Park City location to install the monument.
“At the start of the pandemic, when people were told to stay home, essential workers went to work day in and day out, making sure their fellow New Yorkers were safe, fed and cared for,” Cuomo said when he first announced the project.. “While we can never fully reimburse our essential workers, we can honor and celebrate them with this monument that will forever be remembered as a tribute to all they did for New York in our greatest time of need and at- of the.”
The monument will also feature an Eternal Flame as a symbol of New York State’s undying gratitude for essential workers.
In April, Cuomo announced the formation of the Essential Workers Monument Advisory Committee. The committee, made up of essential workers, met to advise on the locations, design and installation of the essential workers monument.