Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Vallone introduces bill to remove Koch name from Queensboro

From NY Post:

Just five months after Ed Koch’s death, a Queens lawmaker is seeking to erase Hizzoner’s name from the Queensboro Bridge.

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. says he’s drafting legislation to restore the crossing’s official moniker and to name Manhattan’s Municipal Building after Koch instead.

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

“I’m not going to rest until it’s rectified, until we get our bridge back.”

The span, built in 1909 to connect Midtown to Long Island City, was renamed the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge in 2011 to celebrate his 86th birthday.

Back then, Vallone helped Queens residents circulate a petition against Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal. A year later, Vallone unsuccessfully pushed a bill prohibiting the city from naming its landmarks after living people.

Koch once called the renaming one of “the high points in my professional life.” In 2012, he was featured near the bridge in a video for Bloomberg’s State of the City address yelling, “Hey! Welcome to my bridge!”

“My problem is not with Ed Koch,” Vallone said. “My problem is with taking a bridge from the people of Queens.”

Too bad this is all a publicity stunt to boost his BP candidacy.


georgetheatheist said...

Make hay while the sun shines.

georgetheatheist said...

And how come Van Bramer didn't do this? It's his district and he voted against the re-naming.

Anonymous said...

I'm very tired of having large pieces of infrastructure, decades after they've been built, being renamed after people who had nothing to do with their construction.

Between the new signage and extraneous expenses, millions of dollars are spent on nonsense like this. Even if the money is donated, what a waste! If someone really wants to honor someone, do something helpful like donate to a school or a hospital in that person's name.

But no, there's that ego....

Ever wonder what sort of a-hole stipulations Donald Trump might have in his will?

Joe Moretti said...

Anon: "Ever wonder what sort of a-hole stipulations Donald Trump might have in his will?"

Who knows with egomaniac Trump, Manhattan could be "Trumpsville".

You are right on with what your post stated.

Anonymous said...

Actually others came out against the naming of this bridge long before Vallone.

He stole their idea.

Because they had the temerity to exercise independent thought in his district, a thing he will not countenance, and he needed a grab credit for someone else's idea and wanted to shut them up, he cut off funding to them.

Vallone is a lowlife. He will make the perfect beep for Queens.

Anonymous said...

Vallone sticks to his guns on this one, and risks pissing off a lot of people. I don't often say it but good for him.

Anonymous said...

Doing the right thing for the wrong reasons.

Jerry Rotondi said...

Hey, junior Vallone--how about protecting our borough's historic sites and getting some MEANINGFUL municipal landmark designations for bereft Queens?

I know--you'd rather grandstand and fake concern.

I'll tell you what--I'd rather see the Queensboro Bridge bear Koch's name THAN YOU become our next borough president.

And tell your skeevy brother Paul, that we don't want him representing northeast Queens.

How's that for plain speaking?

The Steinway Mansion. said...

What am I? Chopped liver?

Anonymous said...

Is this the guy that wants to make the Steinway Mansion a (gentlemen's?) "supper club" and is discouraging (as it is rumored) the public's efforts to save it for the community by working with the family to keep it closed and shuttered?

Every elected official in the area has come out for it but him - and as long as he is on the sidelines their efforts are tied.

Nice resume item for those that want to do something with preserving their community. All they need to do is go to Old Astoria to see the future of their community - a blot on our borough courtesy "lil Pete".

Anonymous said...

Manes and Shulman seems to be tied to sleaze, Marshall painful in her dotage.

Electing him will make our borough a laughing stock.

Anonymous said...

Doing the right thing for the wrong reasons.

Well said.

Anonymous said...

The Vallones are always late to the party.
Civic Virtue
Queens Boro Bridge
Steinway Mansion
Etc, etc, etc........

Hal and Auds said...

I am totally blown away that this is even a thing. Are you fucking kidding me?! Who cares what the bridge is called?! It's pathetic that millions of dollars was wasted in new signage but is someone who was elected to serve the people of Queens actually stupid enough to think the people of Queens care about THE NAME OF A BRIDGE? How about you focus on things we need, like more affordable housing, safer / better public schools, etc? I would never vote for this asshole now because every minute he spends on this is a minute he's stealing from ACTUAL ISSUES.

Anonymous said...

I heard that Vallone wants to save Shea Stadium and the Trylon Theater next!