ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The bridge that leads to the airport named for John F. Kennedy is getting renamed for his younger brother, Robert F. Kennedy, the former New York senator assassinated in 1968.
The state Assembly has given final legislative approval to rename the Triborough Bridge, following Senate approval in April. Gov. David Paterson planned to sign the measure to call it the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, spokesman Errol Cockfield said. The bill memo notes "minimal budgetary impact" for the cost of changing signs.
The Triborough Bridge, opened in 1936, is actually a complex of three bridges, a viaduct and 14 miles of approach roads. It connects Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens.
Politicians love to memorialize each other. We like our bridge's name the way it is, thanks. This is the kind of thing that should be subject to a referendum.