PUTNAM VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s parks commissioner says he’s trying to figure out if the state is obligated to keep former President Donald Trump’s name on undeveloped state parkland in the New York City suburbs. Commissioner Erik Kulleseid told lawmakers he’s received frequent emails about rebranding Donald J. Trump State Park in Putnam Valley. A 2006 agreement says the park must bear Trump’s name in exchange for his donating the land. But Kulleseid told a legislative budget hearing Wednesday that the condition is not in the deed and it’s unclear if it’s binding. A message seeking comment was sent to the Trump Organization.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has drastically reduced its funding to the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees. The reduction in 2020 came as the UAE signed a U.S.-brokered normalization accord with Israel that was heavily criticized by the Palestinian Authority. The agency known as UNRWA provides vital services to some 5.7 million registered Palestinian refugees across the Mideast, mainly descendants of the 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were driven out of Israel during the 1948 war surrounding its creation. A U.N. spokesman said on Friday that the UAE donated $51.8 million to UNRWA in 2018 and again in 2019, but in 2020 it gave the agency just $1 million.