Vallone Introduces Bill to Take Ed Koch's Name Off the Queensboro Bridge

By Jeanmarie Evelly on November 27, 2013 8:45am 

 The late former Mayor Ed Koch at the re-naming of the Queensboro bridge in 2011.
The late former Mayor Ed Koch at the re-naming of the Queensboro bridge in 2011.
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ASTORIA — For term-limited City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., there's at least one legislative issue that'll never be water under the bridge.

The Astoria lawmaker — whose term ends Jan. 1 — introduced a bill Tuesday to get "Ed Koch" dropped from the name of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, reigniting his calls to see the 59th Street connector restored to its original moniker.

Vallone's legislation proposes naming the Municipal Building in lower Manhattan after the late former mayor instead.

"While I realize this bill will not pass before the end of my term, I wanted to start the process so that Queens elected officials who come after me can restore the Queensboro Bridge to its rightful owners while simultaneously providing an appropriate honor for the late Mayor Koch," Vallone said in a statement Tuesday.

The Queensboro Bridge was officially dubbed the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge in 2011. The 88-year-old former mayor died in February.

Vallone has been an outspoken opponent to the bridge's renaming, saying changing the landmark's title was an injustice to Queens. He previously proposed renaming Gracie Mansion after Koch instead.

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