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Cuomo Calls For Confederates To Be Removed From New York City

Cuomo Calls For Confederates To Be Removed From New York City

Governor Andrew Cuomo sent a letter to acting Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy on Wednesday requesting the removal of the names of a pair of Confederate generals from streets on Fort Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn.

Robert E. Lee and Thomas Jonathan (Stonewall) Jackson served at Fort Hamilton in the 1840s, about two decades before they became leaders of the Confederate Army.

New York, a Northern stronghold of Unionists and abolitionists, has few Confederate memorials.

The Brooklyn plaques were attached to a tree outside St. John's Episcopal Church in Prospect Heights.

The diocese said it forgot the plaques were on the church property. "I fought to keep the Fort Hamilton Army Base open, and now I am fighting to keep it accountable".

Representatives said they were removed after neighbors and a reverend asked about them.

The Army on August 7 denied requests from NY congressional members to change the names of Stonewall Jackson Drive and General Lee Avenue on the Fort Hamilton Army Base, the city's only active military post.

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"Memorializing Confederate generals has no place in 2017, and certainly not in my neighborhood", City Council candidate Khader El-Yateem told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

"This is contrary to the nation's original intent in naming these streets, which was in the spirit of reconciliation", an Army official said.

"Symbols of slavery and racism have no place in NY", the governor wrote in a letter to acting United States secretary of the Army, Ryan McCarthy, WTKR reports. The planned removal of a statue commemorating the general prompted the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, which left one counter-protester dead.

Cuomo says symbols of slavery and racism have no place in NY.

At West Point, some cadets sleep in the "Lee Barracks", named after the general who graduated from the military academy and was the superintendent there. And while Cuomo didn't mention this building, a spokeswoman for the governor indicated it was also under consideration, the paper added.

A spokeswoman for the Army said on Wednesday afternoon that they received the letter and were in the process of responding.