Mayor de Blasio praises Thomas Jefferson’s ‘immense contributions’ but lauds removal of his NYC City Council statue

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New York Daily News

NEW YORK — Thomas Jefferson is no longer holding court in the New York City Council — and Mayor Bill de Blasio believes that’s for the better. The mayor on Tuesday welcomed the removal of a historic Jefferson statue from the Council chamber, declaring that the Founding Father’s “profoundly contradictory” beliefs on slavery means he has no place in the ornate room. Speaking one day after the 884-pound statue was packed up and carted off from City Hall, de Blasio praised Jefferson’s “immense contributions to this country,” but also sided with a chorus of City Council members who pushed for the r…

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