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The Mechanics Leading to Johnson-Rivera Monument Mayoral-appointed commission okays memorials to women; vetting process unclear BY DUNCAN OSBORNE

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he de Blasio administration did not require that the commission that recommended that Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson be honored with a monument in the West Village consult any LGBTQ histories or historians when making its selections. “I did not direct them specifically,â€? said Mayor Bill de Blasio, referring to the She Built NYC Commission, during a June 4 press conference held in Brooklyn. “The whole notion of She Built is to address this extraordinary injustice where the majority of people are not represented in the public monuments‌ In terms of how specific names were chosen, I was not part of that process.â€? The mayor announced the 18-member commission last year.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio, seen here with Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill (left), at a June 4 press conference in Brooklyn.

Its purpose is to promote public art or monuments that honor “women, groups of women, and events involving women that significantly impacted the history of New York City,� according to the June 2018 press release introducing the commission. The public was invited to submit nominations for art or monuments through August 1, 2018. On May 30 of this year, the mayor, First Lady Chirlane McCray, and a host of LGBTQ community leaders and activists announced the monuments honoring Rivera and Johnson at a press conference held at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. The commission began its work with a call for nominations from the public. It required that “Nominated events must have happened

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