Cuomo made the announcement while delivering a speech to the Human Rights Campaign during its New York Gala.
Johnson, a black trans woman who passed away in 1992, was a prominent activist in the Stonewall Uprising. She was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front, and co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) with Sylvia Rivera.
Born in New Jersey, Johnson moved to Greenwich Village after graduating from high school. She participated in demonstrations with ACT UP and raised awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the city. She died at the age of 46.
In his speech, Cuomo listed all of New York’s victories for the LGBTQ community under his watch, including passing marriage equality, banning conversion therapy, outlawing the gay and trans panic defense and expanding Medicaid coverage to pay for transition procedures for trans people.
This legislation session, the governor said, he hopes to repeal the “Walking While Trans” statute, as well as end the ban on gestational surrogacy. Cuomo included the measure in his executive budget to legalize the practice, which is currently allowed in 47 other states.
“My goal has been to make New York State the leading champion in the nation for the LGBTQ community,” Cuomo said. “Let New York be the state that ends discrimination, bias, intolerance and judgmentalism against members of the LGBTQ community once and for all.”
East River State Park, a seven-acre green space, offers unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline. The site was used as a shipping dock in the 19th century.
The park officially opened in May 2007.