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Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday announced the 16-member committee that will review all "symbols of hate" on city property over the next three months. Announced in the wake of violence waged by white nationalists at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last month, the group is tasked with establishing guidelines for how to assess statues and monuments "seen as oppressive and inconsistent with the values of New York City."
The group will also make specific recommendations for "a select few items," according to City Hall. This number undoubtedly includes the statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Circle, which Mayor de Blasio has refused to take a side on. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has called for the statue to be removed, citing Columbus's legacy as a colonizer, while mayoral challengers Nicole Malliotakis, the GOP frontrunner, and Democratic challenger Sal Albanese have come out in the statue's defense. This week, Malliotakis charged that de Blasio "obviously doesn't have the heart and soul of an Italian."
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Mayor de Blasio will make a final decision on each statue and monument. His decisions must get formal approval from the Public Design Commission.
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