"Queensboro" has not been erased from the bridge. That says a lot. That we spoke out on this makes a difference. Thank you for being true to our borough. Always keep Queens a destination.
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In December 2010, the city proposed to rename the Queensboro Bridge after former mayor Edward I. Koch. More recently, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., a resident and native son of Queens, opposed the renaming in defense of his home borough and its namesake icon. Other citizens have voiced opposition to the renaming for various reasons.
"On September 11th, 2001,my father, an immigrant resident of Queens, had only one means of getting home. So, like many that day, he crossed the Queensboro Bridge by foot. I too crossed the bridge that day and when I did, I knew exactly where I was going. I wasn't feeling groovy. I never once thought about Ed Koch. All I knew was that I was on my way home."
-Philip Tatel, Queens, NY.
- Mayor Michael Bloomberg
- Speaker Christine Quinn
As a native, current or former member of the Queens Borough community, as a supportive citizen of New York, and as a concerned American, I oppose the renaming of the Queensboro Bridge to the Edward I. Koch Queensboro Bridge. The bridge is a significant part of Queens history and crucial to the borough's identity. Thus, I believe that the bridge's name should be preserved as is. Please rescind all current plans to rename the bridge as a show of respect to Queens's many proud residents---past, present, and future.
Thank you for your consideration.
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