New Bill Proposed Would Rename Robert Moses State Park
A new bill proposed by Manhattan Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell could rename Robert Moses State Park. O’Donnell is a native of West Islip and has requested the park’s name be changed to something that better reflects the history of Long Island. The bill doesn’t have Senate sponsor yet, which is needed for approval.
Robert Moses State Park was originally named Fire Island State Park when it opened in 1908 and it got its current name in 1964. A statue of Moses sits in Babylon Village Hall, and Robert Moses Causeway, Robert Moses Middle School in North Babylon were named after him.
“Our public institutions should honor those who work for all New Yorkers, and I hope we take this opportunity to ensure this park is named for someone who did just that,” O’Donnell told Newsday.
O’Donnell proposed that the bill create a temporary state commission to consider new names for the state park. The bill was referred to the Assembly’s Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development Committee, which O’Donnell is chairman of.
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