Councilman: Koch's Name Doesn't Belong on Queensboro Bridge

The bridge was renamed after the former mayor in 2011

Monday, Jul 15, 2013  |  Updated 7:24 AM EDT
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Pol: Koch's Name Doesn't Belong on Queensboro Bridge

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Ed Koch posed during the renaming of the Queensboro Bridge in his honor in 2011.

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City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. will introduce legislation to remove the late former Mayor Ed Koch's name from the Queensboro Bridge.

The Queens politician told the New York Post it's a matter of borough pride.

“Never in a million years would they think to rename the Brooklyn or Manhattan bridges,” he said. “But for some reason, it was OK to slap Queens around."

The bridge was rechristened the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge in 2011.

Koch died in February at the age of 88.

When the bridge was renamed in his honor, Koch praised the move. “It’s not soaring, beautiful, handsome, like the George Washington or the Verrazano,” he said. “It’s rugged, it’s hard working — and that’s me.”
 

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