MALVERNE, N.Y. — A decision has been made in the fight over.
The village of Malverne voted unanimously Thursday night to change the name of Lindner Place.
As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, a committee of historians, residents, and students presented the village with volumes of research.
“Lindner was a terrible person. He hurt so many people,” ninth grader Olivia Brown said.
Students poured over 200 documents and then presented to Malverne’s village board proof, they say, that Paul Lindner’s role.
“You requested a formal proposal. You received it. You requested research report. You received it. You requested support of Malverne residents. You received it,” Brown said.
Watch Carolyn Gusoff’s report
The research that came at the insistence of Mayor Keith Corbett, who applauded students but sparred over whether the record of Linder’s KKK involvement is clear.
“You said you had publicly expressed beliefs of Paul Lindner. I’ve seen the same five articles nine times. The conclusion is probably true. I have yet to have anyone give me a source, verifiable information, or what’s going on,” Corbett said at a meeting back in early February.
He received reams of research from a committee of students, residents, and historians.
“Even in his good years he wasn’t that good,” historian Don Pupke said.
Pupke says a name change is not about canceling history.
“There will never be a time when Lindner’s philosophy of racism, antisemitism, anti-Italian, anti-Irish, anti Catholic intimidation and cross burnings will ever be morally right,” Pupke said.
Among those opposed to the change are Lindner’s descendants and three of 11 Lindner Place residents.
They haven’t spoken publicly.
Other Lindner Place residents say history can be addressed without being erased, and we can learn from it.
“Anyone that empathizes with people that have been impacted by oppression and prejudice and discrimination then it’s in your face. A lot of people are oblivious to it because it didn’t impact them personally,” Jamie Bellamy said.
There’s no word yet on when the street will be renamed or what the new name will be.