Street renaming for hero NYPD Officer James McNaughton who was killed in Iraq
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Staff Sgt. Jimmy McNaughton was a 27-year-old Army Reservist whose life was snuffed out by a sniper’s bullet in August 2005. The Tribeca-based transit officer was beloved by his colleagues and the first of New York’s Finest to fall in the war.
His fellow officers and family lobbied to “co-name” West Broadway between Lispenard and Canal streets “James McNaughton Way.”
The proposal passed unanimously in committee but Community Board 1 voted 21-12 against the measure during its full board meeting Oct. 23.
McNaughton’s dad, Bill, 63, suspects some of the board members are anti-cop and anti-military: “All it is is politics. Tell us the real reason. What is the reason Tribeca can’t do it, but all the other boroughs can do it?”
McNaughton’s stepmom is shaken. “God forbid something happened to Robert DeNiro’s family,” she said of the Tribeca-dwelling Oscar winner. “How fast would they put up a street sign for him?” The story was first reported by the Tribeca Trib.
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