2011-02-23 / Features

DKCA Backs Vallone On ‘Koch’ Bridge Fight

Officials at the Dutch Kills Civic Association of Long Island City this week called on city lawmakers to keep Queens in the Queensboro Bridge, instead of renaming the iconic span for former Mayor Ed Koch.

In letters to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., Borough President Helen Marshall, Dutch Kills Civic Association President Gerald Walsh applauded Koch for his support of issues concerning the Long Island City community while he was mayor of New York City. But the civic wasted no time voicing their opposition to renaming the bridge that sits at the Dutch Kills threshold.

“We have all the respect in the world for Mayor Koch,” Walsh wrote. “He supported issues of importance to our community, attended our meetings and became a member of the Dutch Kills family.

“But we feel that we must maintain the identity of Queens through the Queensboro Bridge,” Walsh declared.

Vallone, whose district includes neighborhoods in Astoria and Long Island City, last week launched a lastditch effort to halt a plan to rename the bridge.—Liz Goff

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