Council Member James Van Bramer
Let's start with Council Member James Van Bramer. The bridge is in his district, yet he is "undecided"? Generally, the council votes with the home rule member, who lobbies the other members to vote his or her way. In this case, Jimmy is silent, which is unusual for him as he is probably the biggest attention whore on the City Council.
Council Member Leroy Comrie
Leader of the Queens Delegation. It is within his power to call a vote of the Queens delegation on the record and then ask for a delay of the full council vote. But he won't do that. He'll just offer passive resistance and allow Bloomberg and Quinn to do as they please. He wants to be Borough President someday but has no cojones whatsoever - which is just how City Hall prefers the BPs to be. Hello...how about some leadership?
Other Queens Council Members in favor of the "Koch Bridge":
Council Member James "Sleazeball" Gennaro
Council Member Karen "I stole Ronald McDonald's wig" Koslowitz
Council Member Eric "Conservative Altar Boy" Ulrich
Council Member Elizabeth "I'm a Crowley!" Crowley
Council Member Mark "I'm not David!" Weprin
Council Member Peter "Dennis Gallagher's sock puppet" Koo
"Undecided" Council Members:
Council Member Danny "Quinn's Lapdog" Dromm
Council Member Julissa "I'm with EDC" Ferreras
Council Member James "Let's build a culinary school in a public park" Sanders (More on that coming soon)
Council Member Ruben "Deadbeat Dad" Wills
Council Member Diana "Where's Ridgewood?" Reyna
In case it is unclear, undecided = YES. They are just too cowardly to go on the record before they absolutely have to. How could ANYONE representing Queens and in their right mind be in favor of this? These are destroyers of our history and identity. And we KNOW they have more important work to do than rename public property after their cronies.
These losers would probably vote to rename the entire borough "Bloombergville" if the Mayor and Council Speaker told them to. Can Donald Manes-Queens Borough Hall be far behind?
Also, ask yourself where all of the following are:
Queens Civic Congress - the collective mind of civic groups in Queens; not one of their members support the name change
Queens Historical Society - the supposed protector of the entire borough's history and its landmarks
Greater Astoria Historical Society - the supposed protector of LIC's history and the group that wrote a book about the history of the bridge
Borough President Helen Marshall - expressed weak opposition but is doing absolutely nothing about this
You CAN do something.
Call our council members and give them a piece of your mind.
Sign this petition. Hundreds of others already have within a few days.
Join this Facebook group.
Ask your friends and family members to do all of the above.
Don't let these slobs get away with this like they did with term limits.
This editorial from the Trib sums it up:
“They wouldn’t do it to the Brooklyn Bridge,” was Councilman Peter Vallone Jr’s first phone call to me. I was sold before hearing from Peter but was excited that perhaps the Council wouldn’t go along with the Mayor’s proposal. Vallone has bravely taken on the Mayor who has proposed the name change and his seemingly acquiescent colleagues at the City Council ready to allow Queens to be diminished. Councilmembers Leroy Comrie and Dan Halloran have joined in opposition. The rest of the Queens delegation is woefully silent or pathetically supportive of this shameful act.
The Speaker of the Council would not be moving this bill if the Queens delegation opposed it. The entire Council would not be backing this measure if the Queens delegation spoke up in opposition. It is the silence of inaction that will take our Bridge and hand it over to the Manhattan-centric City to name for a Manhattan hero.
If everyone who represents Queens was united against this, do you think this idea would ever have gotten this far? Just think, it may have even gotten us some RESPECT and the tweeders would have thought twice before pulling something like this again in the future.