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Staten Island Ferry Could Bear Name of Rudy Giuliani

By Nicholas Rizzi | September 10, 2012 1:43pm

STATEN ISLAND — A ferry boat between Staten Island and Downtown could soon bear the name of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

The island's Republican Congressman Michael Grimm has asked the city to honor Guiliani, who also had an unsuccessful run for president.

On Monday, Grimm sent a letter to the city's Department of Transportation, asking that one of the new ferry boats in the works be named after Giuliani because of his work raising the quality of life on Staten Island and his leadership during 9/11.

"Rudy’s leadership on 9/11 brought calm and resolve to a shaken city," Grimm wrote. "His strength and courage during that dark day shepherded us through our worst crisis.

"This alone would be sufficient for this man to receive this honor."

In July, the DOT issued request for proposals to design new vessels to replace three aging ferries, the oldest of which is nearly 50 years old.

While the city has not picked a bidder to design the new ferries and there is no estimated date as to when the new boats will hit the waters, Grimm wrote that the DOT should continue the tradition of naming them after people with connections to Staten Island.

"Mayor Giuliani’s tenure in office raised the quality-of-life in Staten Island and the city at large," Grimm wrote.

"Few have gone as far as him to make sure that the 'Forgotten Borough' was remembered in City Hall."

There are currently eight ferry boats that make the trip from Lower Manhattan to St. George, with vessels named after former Borough President Guy V. Molinari, Staten Island-born former State Senator John J. Marchi, and others, according to the DOT's website.

Only the youngest ferry in the fleet, the Spirit of America, which set sail in 2006, was not named after a person.