NYC commission hears testimony on public monument

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Posted: Nov 17, 2017 3:39 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City residents have been sharing their thoughts with a commission that's evaluating statutes and monuments to ensure there are no "symbols of hate" on public property.

The commission heard testimony Friday during a small but lively hearing in Queens.

Some speakers thought some monuments should be taken down. Others blasted the commission's work as an exercise in political correctness.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, announced the creation of the commission in August. That was just days after a woman was killed during a protest and counter-protest over the planned removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia.