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Peter Vallone Jr. would take Koch's name off Queensboro Bridge

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Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013 12:30 pm

One councilman wants the Queensboro name to speak for its self.

Councilman and borough president candidate Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) plans to propose legislation to drop the former mayor's name from the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge in the next 45 days. 

The bill would also rename the Manhattan Municipal Building, located at 1 Centre St. in Long Island City, as the Ed Koch Manhattan Municipal Building. Vallone proposed the compromise in December 2010 when the city tacked the former mayor’s name onto the front of the Queensboro Bridge. 

Vallone, one of 12 council members who voted against the change, has called the renaming a campaign ploy, citing Koch’s mayoral endorsement of Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan), who pushed for the change shortly after.

“A landmark so closely linked to the history of our borough should never be renamed after anyone,” Vallone said. “The people of Queens have spoken, and they want their bridge back. Manhattan had no right to take the Queensboro Bridge away in the first place — I am just trying to correct this injustice.”

Ones Queens council member has already spoke out against the “restoration.”

“Mr. Vallone’s position seems to rest on the notion that the status and the future of the great borough of Queens will rise or fall based on whether or not the words ‘Ed Koch’ are joined with ‘Queensboro’ as the name on this bridge. This is, of course, preposterous in the extreme,” Councilman Jim Gennnaro (D-Fresh Meadows) said. “Adding the name of our beloved former mayor to the name of this bridge in no way denigrates the borough of Queens but, rather, exalts all New Yorkers as we come together as a grateful city and pay appropriate tribute to the quintessential New Yorker, Ed Koch.

Gennaro, who voted with nine Queens council members in favor of the Ed Koch name, added the legislation that Vallone has begun writing will promote inter-borough jealousy not unity.

In the past Vallone said he would work to restore the Queensboro name if elected as borough president.

Currently no other council member is working with Vallone on the legislation. 

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